Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov Released From Russian Prison After More Than 5 Years

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Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov Released From Russian Prison After More Than 5 Years
After more than five years of detention, and calls from international artists groups and governments, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was freed from a Russian prison today. In what has long been seen as an unjust situation, Sentsov was convicted in 2015 of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 20 years after supporting the 2014 Euro Maidan protests and opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In 2017, he went on a 145-day hunger strike, demanding that Russia release all Ukrainian political prisoners, but not asking for his own release. That same year, he was awarded the Pen/Barbery Freedom to Write Award. Pen America today called the release “a long overdue moment of joy and celebration for Sentsov, his family and all those who have fought for his freedom.”

The filmmaker, whose credits include 2011’s Gaamer, was released as part of a swap of 70 prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. According to media reports, planes carrying
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