"Green light for torture": Sentsov transferred to punishment cell

20:40, 22 October 2016
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Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who was illegally sentenced in Russia for 20 years, has been transferred to a punishment cell, Sentsov's cousin, Natalia Kaplan, wrote on Facebook.


"Oleh Sentsov is in the punishment cell. It is believed that now the colony has a green light for torture," she wrote.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian film director Sentsov was arrested by Russian security service officers in the annexed Crimea in May 2014 together with pro-Ukrainian activists Oleksandr Kolchenko, Oleksiy Cherniy and Hennadiy Afanasiyev. They were all charged with plotting terrorist acts.

Both men have denied their guilt from the day of their arrest.

On August 25, 2015, the military court in Russia's city of Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in prison and Kolchenko was imprisoned for 10 years. They both were accused of terrorism and would be kept in a high-security penal colony.

On November 24, Russia's Supreme Court upheld the trial court's decision against Sentsov and Kolchenko.

On March 10, Russia's Justice Ministry received Ukraine's request to hand over Sentsov and three other sentenced Ukrainian citizens.

On October 21, the Russian Federation refused to return Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov sentenced in Russia for 20 years to Ukraine.

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