Petition demanding to release Sentsov submitted to Russian Embassy in Paris

February 5, 2018

On Monday, February 5, a petition demanding the immediate release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has been submitted to the Russian Embassy in Paris. In August 2015, the North Caucasus District Military Court found Sentsov guilty of organizing a terrorist community and sentenced to 20 years in a strict-regime colony. This is reported by Radio Liberty.

At the end of November 2017, French writers, philosophers and cultural figures started to collect signatures under the petition in support of Oleg Sentsov. The final version of the petition was signed by more than 3,500 cultural figures.

On May 11, 2014 representatives of Russian special services detained Oleg Sentsov on charges of organizing terrorist attacks in Crimea. In August 2015, the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in a strict-regime colony on charges of terrorist activities on the territory of Crimea.

The international community repeatedly appealed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with an appeal to release Oleg Sentsov, but for more than three and a half years the Ukrainian director is forced to sit behind the bars of FSB.