Czech deputies ask for the release of Sentsov and all Ukrainians – an open letter to the Kremlin

Чешские депутаты просят освободить Сенцова и всех украинцев – открытое письмо Кремлю

Oleg Sentsov is holding a protest hunger strike for over a month

The Czech deputies of the five opposition parties represented in Parliament, called on Russia to release Ukrainian film Director Oleg Sentsov and more than 60 political prisoners-Ukrainians illegally held in Russia.

This is referred to in an open letter to the Czech Parliament, which they gave to the Russian Embassy in Prague, according to Czech newspaper Denik.

“After only crime is that he openly opposes the Russian aggression in the Crimea and the occupation of their homeland. I consider it absolutely unacceptable when someone is convicted solely for expressing his political opinion,” said Yan Lipavsky, one of the 25 deputies who signed the appeal.

The Czech opposition also intends to contact other parliamentary parties to adopt a single reference to Russia in the case of Sentsov, who for more than a month on hunger strike in a Russian prison.

Earlier, a similar appeal to Moscow appealed to the outstanding Russian and foreign Directors, the European Parliament and the European Union, who called the trial against Sentsov “violation of international law and elementary standards of justice” and the US state Department.

So far, the Kremlin has rejected all such appeals.

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Meanwhile, the influential American newspaper the New York Times devoted an editorial to the case of Sentsov, noting that he deserves the “full support of the West, because risking his life” to draw attention to violations of human rights in the Russian Federation and responsibility of the Kremlin for its aggression in Ukraine.

Oleg Sentsov went on hunger strike on 14 may. He wants Russia to release all political prisoners-Ukrainians (almost 70 people).

August 5, 2015 Severo-the Caucasian district military court in Rostov-on-don sentenced. to 20 years of strict regime.

Ukrainian were detained by Russian security officials in Crimea on 11 may 2014. He was accused of allegedly preparing terrorist attacks in the Peninsula during its occupation by Russia. Later Sentsov accused of possessing weapons and explosives.

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