The American PEN Center gave the annual Barbara Goldsmith "Freedom to Write" Award to a Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov who is illegally convicted of terrorism in Russia.
"He had to sacrifice a promising career in filmmaking because of his decision to speak out," Executive Director of the PEN Center Suzanne Nossel said.
Reportedly, Sentsov, who openly criticized the Russian aggression against Ukraine, entered a list of "other outstanding laureates who are in danger. Among them is the Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismailova, who was arrested after publishing a series of materials on corruption in the government, and a Chinese economist Ilham Tohti is who is serving a sentence as well. "
The publication notes that 37 of the 40 winners of the "Freedom to Write" award were released from prison within 18 months of their awarding.
Earlier, Irina Gerashchenko informed that on the morning of March 29, Ukrainian Consuls were not allowed to Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko.
Reference: Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian invaders in the Crimea for an active patriotic position, accused of terrorism and taken to the colony of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia.
Ukraine has repeatedly appealed to the government bodies of Russia with a demand for extradition and proposals for the exchange of Oleg Sentsov. However, on February 6, 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation issued an official statement, according to which the prisoner Oleg Sentsov will not be transferred to Ukraine because of his Russian citizenship (forcibly imposed on him by the occupying country).