OLEKSANDR KOLCHENKO

A leftwing activist and native of Crimea, Oleksandr openly protested the Russian annexation of the peninsula in 2014 and was arrested shortly thereafter. He was charged with plotting terrorist acts together with Oleg Sentsov, Gennadiy Afanasiev, and Oleksiy Chyrniy based on testimonies given under torture. Absurdly, Oleksandr, who holds left-wing views, was first accused of being part of the Right sector, a far-right organization serving as a bogeyman for Russian propaganda. He is declared a political prisoner by Memorial, and Memorial and Amnesty International have called for charges against him to be dropped.
10 YEARS IN JAIL

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