President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Ul. Ilyinka, 23
Ukrainian film director, Oleg Sentsov started a hunger strike on 14 May, calling for the release of ‘all Ukrainian political prisoners’ who are currently being held by the Russian Federation. Oleg Sentsov is serving a 20-year prison sentence following an unfair trial on politically-motivated charges. He has lost 15 kg since the beginning of his hunger strike.
The film director was sentenced on 25 August 2015 to 20 years imprisonment for allegedly setting up a branch of a ‘terrorist group’ and organizing ‘terrorist acts’ in April 2014. He maintains his innocence. He was convicted in a military court in the Russian Federation, following a grossly unfair trial, on politically-motivated charges and his conviction was based on “confessions” obtained under torture. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release.
I call on the Russian authorities to immediately release Sentsov from prison and ensure that any and all medical treatment provided to Oleg Sentsov is done in compliance with medical ethics.