Contents tagged with Sentsov

  • Kremlin: Jagland's letter cannot serve as basis for pardoning Sentsov

    Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said he did not know whether the letter sent by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland asking Putin to pardon Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov had reached the Kremlin, but noted that "in the view of Russian legislation it is not a basis for any legal action," Peskov told this to reporters on Tuesday, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "It must have been sent through diplomatic channels. I have not seen this letter yet, …

  • Council of Europe Secretary General to officially request Sentsov’s release

    On June 25, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CE), will send Russian President Vladimir Putin an official request to pardon Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, a senior CE official told Deutsche Welle.

    “On Monday, Jagland will file a petition for the pardoning of Sentsov,” Deputy Secretary General Daniel Holtgen announced. He also pointed out that the Secretary General has a right to do so according to the European Convention on Human Rights.

    On June 20, Jagland …

  • Russian public figures ask Putin to pardon Sentsov

    Russian filmmakers Andrey Zvyagintsev, Pavel Lungin, Alexander Sokurov and other public figures have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in Russia. The petition was posted on the website of the Echo of Moscow radio station.

    “The man is dying. We don’t think that his guilt is so great he should be given 20 years for it. He is sincere and honest in his convictions – his indefinite hunger-strike …

  • USA urges Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners

    The United States mission to the OSCE called on Russia to free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners who are illegally held in the Russian Federation, as reported in a statement released by Harry Kamien, the chargé d'affaires ad interim to the OSCE.

    "Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov’s hunger strike enters its 31st day today. Russia transferred Mr. Sentsov from Crimea to Russia, and we call upon Russia to immediately release him and all other Ukrainian …

  • Ukraine does not exclude possibility of exchanging Sentsov for RIA Novosti editor-in-chief Vyshinsky

    Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry is considering all possible courses of action to ensure the release of Ukrainian filmmaker and social activist Oleg Sentsov from Russian prison, said Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Mariana Betsa at a briefing on Sentsov’s hunger strike, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    Notably, when asked whether it was possible that Sentsov could be exchanged for Kirill Vyshinsky, the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine who was arrested on charges of high treason, Betsa said, “Anything is possible”. “ …

  • Russia transfers imprisoned Ukrainian producer Sentsov to penitentiary in far North

    The Ukrainian producer, Oleh Sentsov, who was sentenced in Russia to a 20 year imprisonment, is being transferred from Irkutsk to the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, as he indicated in a letter to human rights activist, Zoya Svetova, which was published by Open Russia.

    It is noted that the letter was dated September 17th and sent from the remand center (SIZO-1) in Tyumen on September 21st, and it was received on September 29th.

    "I'm all right. I'm leaving. I was abruptly taken from Yakutia …

  • The Kremlin confirms that Putin and Poroshenko conducted phone conversations

    According to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, have talked on the phone, but have not discussed the question of the a cease-fire in Avdiivka, as reported by Russia's TASS news agency.

    "It is a fact that the cease-fire in Avdiivka was not discussed. What took place was an exchange of views and expression of mutual concerns at the escalation of the tension, " said Peskov.

    Earlier on Thursday the media, citing …

  • Ukraine demands that Russia provide documents confirming Russian citizenship of Crimeans Sentsov and Kolchenko

    The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine demands that Russia provide copies of documents confirming Russian citizenship for Ukrainians Oleg Sentsov and Olexander Kolchenko, who were jailed in Russia. The Deputy Minister of Justice, Sergiy Petukhov, posted a photo of the said request on his Facebook page.

    “The Moscow kingdom resumed serfdom. Crimeans were captured with land like serfs. When a neighbor’s head is filled with a medieval mindset, it is difficult to talk about European values. We believe …

  • Sentsov and Kolchenko finish the paperwork necessary for extradition to Ukraine

    Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, who are being held in Russia, filled out all necessary documents for their extradition to Ukraine. Radio Liberty journalist Anton Naumlyuk posted on Facebook about this recent development in their plight.

    "Oleg Sentsov and Olexandr Kolchenko finished all paperwork necessary for their transfer to Ukraine. The documents were handed over to the Federal Penitentiary Service to be transferred later to the Ministry of Justice," …