OLEG SENTSOV

A Ukrainian film director and native of Crimea, Oleg opposed the Russian annexation of the peninsula in 2014, Oleg was arrested in May 2014 and charged with organizing a terrorist organization based on testimonies of his alleged “collaborators,” Oleksandr Kolchenko, Gennadiy Afanasiev, and Oleksiy Chyrniy, which were given under torture. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail a trial denounced as “Stalinist” by human rights watchdogs, for crimes that are never classified as “terrorism” in Russia, and is proclaimed a political prisoner by the Memorial human rights organization. Human rights organizations and the filmmaking community have called for his release. In his Yakutia prison, Oleg has written 5 film scenarios and a novel.
20 YEARS IN JAIL

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