Signatures against Sentsov's sentence
The Congress of Intelligentsia wrote an open letter and published it on its website. We would like to remind that earlier similar appeal was already published by the above mentioned members. Famous actors and creative figures are among the signatures: Leah Ahedzhakova, Hryhoriy Pasko, Viktor Shenderovich, Zoya Svetova and others.
In a letter, members of the organization ask to pardon Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced by a Russian court in a fabricated case on the charge of terrorist offenses, to 20 years in a penal colony in extremely difficult and inhumane conditions. According to the artists, the pardon will be regarded as an act of mercy and desire for peace in the country.
Members of the Russian PEN Club have already addressed a similar request to President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
We will remind that in May 2014 the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov was detained by the Russian special services and taken to the territory of Russia. The cultural figure was credited with the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the organization of terrorist attacks in the annexed Crimea. A year later, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced the director to 20 years in prison.
Oleg Sentsov disagreed with the court decision. The human rights organization Memorial in Ukraine recognized the Russian prisoner as political.