Russian law enforcement agencies have launched a campaign of harassment against a lawyer Lyubov Bondarenko who earlier in the courts and through the Russian Federation press supported a political prisoner of the Kremlin, Ukrainian director from the Crimea Oleg Sentsov, according to the message of Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan on Facebook.
According to her information, the human rights activist is suspected of economic violations of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and the prosecution itself was initiated in November 2016.
“Now they bring economic criminal charges against my close friend, who countered the FSB and the Russian media in court to protect the honor and dignity of Oleg [Sentsov -. Ed.], Lyubov Bondarenko. Pressing on my friend started in November, we did not make a fuss, since did not believe in conspiracy theories and decided first of all to get clear understanding of the situation. But after a night call a minute ago we decided it is the time to publicize the matter.”
Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian occupants in the Crimea after the annexation for his active patriotic position, he was accused of terrorism and transported to the colony in the city Kirovo-Chepetsk in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia.
Ukraine has repeatedly appealed to the Russian government authorities with a demand on release or suggestions on the exchange of Oleg Sentsov. However, February 6, 2017 the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an official statement that the prisoner Oleg Sentsov will not be handed over to Ukraine because of his Russian citizenship (forcibly imposed by the country-occupier).