Support the EFA Initiative to Free Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov
Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov currently serves a 20-year prison sentence in Russia based on charges that are deemed unjust by European and U.S. authorities. The father of two children, who just turned 41, celebrated another birthday behind bars last week. The European Film Academy (EFA) has recently launched a campaign with the aim of raising awareness for Sentsov's case and demanding his release.
Although the key witness had retracted his testimony as given "under duress", the trial - based on the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed "crimes of a terrorist nature" - was continued, prosecution calling for a 23-year sentence. Supporters across Europe, institutional and individual, had gathered thousands of signatures supporting an EFA letter to the President of Russia and Russian authorities asking for Sentsov’s immediate release. "We have experienced an unprecedented wave of solidarity across Europe", says EFA President Wim Wenders, "and that includes Russia, with people from all different backgrounds joining in their protest against the treatment of Oleg Sentsov". But at the end of what Amnesty International described as "an unfair trial in a military court" Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Support the EFA campaign to free Oleg Sentsov
The EFA is actively engaging in a campaign to achieve the release of Oleg Sentsov and we encourage our members to support this initiative. For more background information about the case and various ways to support the campaign, please visit the following link:
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