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Convicted in Russia Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov suggested to award the award “For freedom of speech” named after Andrei Sakharov. With this initiative on Twitter were made by members of the “European peoples Party” (EPP).
“Oleg Sentsov is our candidate for the Sakharov prize 2018”, — said in the social network members, the largest party in the European Parliament. They accompanied the tweet the hashtags #FreeSentsov and #LetMyPeopleGo.
The European Parliament established a prize “For freedom of thought” Sakharov in 1988 in honor of Soviet physicist and leader of the civil rights movement in the USSR, Andrei Sakharov. It was awarded for “exceptional contribution to the struggle for human rights around the globe” in the areas of protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the protection of minority rights, respect for international law and development of democracy and upholding the rule of law.
In late August, former Polish President Lech Walesa has nominated Oleg Sentsov for the Nobel peace prize. The politician received the award in 1983, during martial law in Poland after the internment. He noted that the Ukrainian Director has “faith in democracy, and peaceful methods of struggle and actions for the benefit of others.”
In 2015 Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and charged with several arsons, preparing terrorist acts in Crimea and explosions in Simferopol. His guilt he does not recognize. May 14, 2018, the Director announced a hunger strike and tried to stop it only in case of liberation of Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian prisons. According to the lawyer Dmitry Dinze, his client lost 13 pounds. He also suffers from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), mainly heart and brain. 10 Sep Sentsov described his condition as “stable-sucks”.
Video, photo All from Russia.