French director Jean-Luc Godard refused to go to St. Petersburg due to the fact that Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Russia, RBC-Ukraine reported, referring to the radio station Europe 1.
“Thank you for your invitation, but given the condition of Sentsov’s detention, I do not feel that I can visit the Hermitage for the moment, regardless of my friendship for the people,” Godard noted.
QHA reported that in August famous French cultural and art figures, including Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen, directors Jean-Luc Godard and Ken Loach wrote an open letter calling for the release of Kremlin prisoner Oleg Sentsov. Then the Ukrainian political prisoner was on a hunger strike. In a statement, the French called for “acting quickly,” as Sentsov’s health was deteriorating. The authors invited the entire international community to join in the release of Sentsov.
Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on October 5. The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of Russia said that after ending the hunger strike, the political prisoner began to have regular meal, and is under the supervision of doctors.
The UN Special Rapporteurs called on Russia to “immediately and without any conditions” release the Ukrainian director.