Some good news.
Yesterday it was announced that Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is this year’s winner of the European Parliament – Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
This award will bring some much welcome publicity for Oleg and other Ukrainian prisoners illegally held by Russia, many of which hail from occupied Crimea. Because Oleg took part in demos opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and spoke out against it, he was detained on 10 May 2014 in Simferopol, Crimea. On concocted politically motivated charges, Russia sentenced him to 20 years in prison on charges of plotting terrorist acts.
European Parliament President AntonioTajani said: “Through his courage and determination, by putting his life in danger, the film maker Oleg Sentsov has become a symbol of the struggle for the release of political prisoners held in Russia and around the world.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is named in honour of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov. It has been awarded annually since 1988 to individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the prize.