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Oleg Sentsov says after patting each other on the back we need to continue working to free Ukrainians in Russian prisons, including many Crimean Tatars. #Sentsov
His next film will be called Rhinoceros - he started working on it before he was jailed in 2014.
The guards in prison gave him a particularly hard time because they hate Ukrainians and enemies of Putin, he said.
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Some thoughts on the Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap. First, obviously one has to feel happy for the Ukrainians who were wrongfully imprisoned in Russia, and also for their families. Some of these poor souls were shipped off to Siberia to rot in jail for decades, like #Sentsov. 1/5
Second, Ukraine apparently tried to hold off on exchanging Volodymyr Tsemakh, who commanded an air defense unit involved in shooting down MH-17. But Russia insisted on his inclusion, threatening to pull down the agreement if he wasn't part of the deal. 2/5
So while I totally understand the frustration of the MH-17 victims' families, I'm thrilled for the Ukrainian families who were reunited today with their loved ones. And at the end of the day, we all know who was responsible for downing MH-17: Russia. 3/5
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🤞Looks like these 2 buses leaving Moscow’s Lefortovo prison under heavy police escort are part of Ukraine-Russia long-awaited prisoner swap. 24 Ukrainian sailors have been imprisoned there since Russian FSB attacked their vessels at Kerch Strait last Nov.
Russian media posts photos of Ukrainian sailors on the buses presumably released from Lefortovo prison today, in the Ukraine-Russia prisoner exchange finally now underway.
Reports say filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is part of today’s Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap. Sentsov was arrested in June 2014 on bogus terrorism charges in annexed Crimea. Russia was targeting high-profile activists in Ukraine’s pro-democracy EuroMaidan Revolution.
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🚨Pro-democracy activist in #Russia gets 4-year prison sentence for attending Moscow #protests for fair elections. Konstantin #Kotov becomes the latest political prisoner in Putin's war on dissent. Kotov aptly wore a #Sentsov t-shirt in his courtroom cage.…
Kotov is the first recent protester found guilty under #Russia's "3 strikes" 212.1 law criminalizing attending 3 protests. He had 72 hours to prepare for his snap show trial. Human rights org Memorial declared him a political prisoner. Outside Moscow court chants of #FreeKotov
Kotov was found guilty under the same 212.1 anti-protest law human rights activist Ildar Dadin went to prison for in 2016. I wrote about Dadin's case & how #Russia criminalizes freedom of speech & assembly.… #FreeKotov #DefendDemocracy #MoscowProtests
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Heartbreaking and disgusting that Republicans keep going to Russia, showering Putin with honor & praise (@RandPaul the latest) while the Kremlin’s top political prisoner filmmaker Oleg Sentsov lays literally dying.… #Ukraine #Crimea #FreeSentsov #Sentsov
France's Macron to raise hunger striker Oleg Sentsov in call with Putin

Shame on US. Republicans including @RandPaul & Trump himself keep meeting with the Kremlin & not a single one mentioned Russia’s outrageous jailing of hostages from Crimea & Ukraine.…
First photos of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, day 88 into a hungry strike protest to free dozens of other hostages from Ukraine held in Russian prisons. Oleg was arrested in Crimea, sentenced to 20yrs in a Stalinist show trial. (Background reading @mashagessen…)
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US Senators are planning to visit Russia, per Russian speaker Matviyenko…
GOP Senators to visit Russia for July 4—Independence Day. First official US delegation since the Kremlin attacked our democracy to elect Trump will reportedly include @SenShelby, @SenJohnKennedy, @SenatorHoeven. Nobody from Foreign Relations, Intel Cmtes…
Are GOP senators visiting Russia now as another prelude to a Trump-Putin summit? Why are Republicans making nice with the authoritarian govt that attacked our election, wages war on our allies, & is partially responsible for our daily Trump nightmare?? And on Independence Day ffs
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