Activists held an action in support of the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov in the center of Moscow outside the Administration of the President of Russia.

One of the organizers of the action, acting director of the Moscow office of the international human rights organization Amnesty International, Ivan Kondratenko said activists were not able to obtain permission to picket at politically significant locations.

"We believe it’s important that people should know about Oleg Sentsov's case, but we cannot get permission for regular pickets in politically significant places in Moscow, the Moscow authorities usually send us picketing in the forest or in the Sokolniki park," Kondratenko said.


The participants of the action appealed to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to respond to the request of Oleg Sentsov's mother for pardoning her son, which was submitted to the presidential candidate on July 17.

In parallel with the action in Moscow, a series of single pickets took place as well.

Previously, Amnesty International was denied visit to Sentsov. Amnesty International urged to immediately release Sentsov and provided him with a good-quality medical examination.

August 2, US Congressman Marcy Kaptur called on Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners, including Oleg Sentsov. The politician noted that with every passing day the health of the Ukrainian filmmaker is deteriorating.

Source: Novaya gazeta