Well-known figures in the field of French culture and art, including the Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen, the film directors Jean-Luc Godard and Ken Loach, wrote an open letter calling for the release of Oleg Sentsov, a Kremlin prisoner. The letter also mentions the need for international mobilization to accelerate this process, Le Monde reported, as cited by Ukrinform.
“Today the filmmaker is dying, because he is a dissident. His life is under threat because of his idea, like it was with Vasily Grossman, Solzhenitsyn and others in the days of the communist regime,” the letter says.
The appeal contains a call to "act quickly" because Sentsov's condition is deteriorating.
"Not to act is to let Oleg Sentsov die. It is to abandon our values and our principles, to give up what we defend and who we are. It means accepting that one can be killed for ideas, thoughts, position.”
The authors suggest the entire international community joining the liberation of Sentsov.
“Cultural figures throughout the world are well aware that the president of Russia has the right to stop this human and democratic tragedy. Everywhere in the world, in the world of cinematography, culture and beyond, international mobilization is needed to protect the film director. In the name of creative freedom and freedom of speech, we again call for the immediate release of Oleg Sentsov.”
The letter was signed by the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD), the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM), the Guild of Authors, Directors and Producers (ARP), the Film Producers Society (SRF), the Association of Francophone Directors (ARRF, Belgium), and Le Theatre du Soleil.
Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation on August 10 discussed the health of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov.