Russian Director Alexander Sokurov, speaking at a meeting of the Council, asked the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to release political prisoner, Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov. It is reported by Pro-Kremlin news Agency TASS.
In response to the call to enter Sokurov’s “Russian Christian” and forgive Sentsov Putin noted that you can’t do it without a court order. According to Putin, Sentsov was condemned not for his position, “for terrorist activities”.
“It is absolutely not in that he (Sentsov – ed) thinks about the events that happened in the Crimea. The case in its intent and in the preparation of illegal acts, which could hurt our citizens”, – said the head of the aggressor state.
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Sentsov was arrested by the FSB in annexed Crimea, and then transferred to prison in Moscow. He was accused of preparing terrorist attacks. In August 2015 the North Caucasus district military court sentenced him to 20 years in a strict regime. Accomplice Sentsova Russian investigators have made Kolchenko – he was given 10 years in a strict regime colony. Human rights organizations consider the charges groundless and politically motivated. 21 October, Russia refused to grant Sentsov, followed by Kol’chenko. Foreign Ministry demanded from Russia to immediately release and return of Ukrainians.
Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.