EU again calls on Russia to free Sentsov

01:41, 31 August 2018
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"At the OSCE Permanent Council, the EU calls on Russia to immediately and unconditionally release Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, on hunger strike for more than 100 days in protest against incarceration of Ukrainian political prisoners by Russia," the Vienna-based EU Permanent Representation to the OSCE tweeted on August 30.

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As UNIAN reported, Sentsov was arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea in spring 2014 and in August 2015 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison following an unfair trial where he faced "terrorism" charges stemming from his opposition to Russia's occupation of Crimea.

He has been serving his term in a penal colony in the town of Labytnangi, Russia's Yamal.

Sentsov's cousin, Moscow-based journalist Natalya Kaplan says his condition is critical and things are "catastrophically bad."

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