Socialists in the European Parliament have been at the forefront in calling for the release of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. The award winning filmmaker is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges and has been on hunger strike since May 14, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. … Continue reading European Socialists Demand the Release of Sentsov
Free "Crimean hostages" - Sentsov, Kolchenko, Afanasyev The Show Trial On 19 August 2015, the North Caucasus Military District Court of the Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don delivered its verdict in the trial of the so-called “Crimean terrorists”, activists Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko, accused of creating a terrorist organization (a Right Sector cell), preparing and … Continue reading WHY ARE OLEG SENTSOV AND ALEXANDER KOLCHENKO IMPRISONED?
Ukrainian Gennady Afanasyev is facing reprisals in a Russian prison for retracting testimony given under torture against Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. The Memorial Human Rights Centre has declared Afanasyev a political prisoner, and warned that he is in danger. His lawyer confirms that through his act of courage, he has … Continue reading Demand Russia releases Afanasyev, Kolchenko, Sentsov
Left to right: Oleksandr Kolchenko, Gennady Afanasyev, Oleg Sentsov Two of the ever increasing number of Russia’s Crimean political prisoners - Gennady Afanasyev and Oleksandr Kolchenko - will be spending their second birthday in Russian detention this month. Our birthday greetings will show both them and Moscow that their cases are not forgotten. Kolchenko … Continue reading Send Birthday Wishes to Russia’s Ukrainian Political Prisoners!
NO RETURN TO STALINIST SHOW TRIALS IN RUSSIA The decision on 25th August by a military court in Russia to sentence the Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov to 20 years in prison and socialist and anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years has sparked an international outcry. They are to be held in a high-security … Continue reading STEP UP THE CAMPAIGN TO FREE KOLCHENKO AND FREE SENTSOV
21.08.15 | Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group The prosecutor has demanded 23 years for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and 12 years for civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko in a case with no crime and where all evidence was obtained through torture. Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova likens this to Stalinist repression, not a … Continue reading Russia’s Sentsov – Kolchenko case – “an absolutely Stalinist trial”
Famous left-wing film maker Ken Loach has again joined others, in calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who could face up to 23 years on charges of "plotting terrorist acts" in Crimea. Sentsov is being held along with well known anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko - ludicrously accused of … Continue reading Ken Loach joins filmmakers demanding Putin release Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov
Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group All possible illusions about the trial of well-known Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were dispelled by around midday on July 21, three hours into the first hearing. Sentsov really is facing a likely 20-year, or even life sentence on charges of ‘masterminding’ a … Continue reading Sentsov & Kolchenko face 20-year sentences for non-existent ’terrorism’
The preliminary hearing is due on July 9 in the trial of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko whom Russia is holding illegally and accusing of ‘terrorism’. The two Crimeans were specifically named, together with Nadiya Savchenko and “all other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens” in the Organization of Security and Cooperation … Continue reading Trial begins of Sentsov and Kolchenko – Demand their release