On October 25, the
European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize, which rewards individuals or
organisations that have made a strong commitment to the fight for human rights,
to filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for his work in Ukraine.
commitment to denounce Russia’s annexation of Crimea has led to violent
repression by Russia. He was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years in
prison for « terrorist acts » after an alleged fire in the premises of
a pro-Russian organisation. In May 2018, he began a hunger strike for the
release of all Ukrainian political prisoners arrested by Russia. His conditions
of detention and arbitrary arrest by the Russian government have earned him the
support of many states and human rights organizations.
denounces a political decision by the European Parliament, which clearly shows the
EU commitment to human rights in Ukraine and his opposition to Putin on the
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