Johnny Depp made a speech in support of Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov, convicted of planning terrorist attacks in Crimea
Human rights activists and the international movement of the Voice Project have launched a campaign “In conclusion, for the art”, in which famous people from the world of art trying to draw attention to the fate of their colleagues from around the world, found themselves behind bars. Thus, in particular, the famous American actor johnny Depp stood up for Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted in Russia for 20 years of imprisonment on charges of preparing attacks in the Crimea.
The project website notes that Sentsov has repeatedly complained about the beatings in the colony, but his appeals remained unheeded. In addition, it is emphasized that the only two witnesses who testified against Ukrainian film Director, admitted that he did it under pressure.
“When asked if he understood the sentence Sentsov climbed in the cage and began to sing the national anthem of Ukraine. Currently Sentsov kept in Russian prison, whose location was not disclosed. There he will stay until 2035,” report of human rights activists Voice Project.
In addition, the project website all interested are invited to fill in the letters with lyrics in support of Sentsov, addressed to the permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
In action also took part the member of the group Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a French-Chilean musician Ana to Tizh, American guitarist and Grammy winner Tom Morello, American singer-songwriter Alex Ebert and British musician Peter Gabriel.
They were photographed with signs of political prisoners. The resulting image printed on t-shirts and hoodies that you can buy in the online store Represent, working with Voice Project in the framework of the project. Organizers note that the money from the sales will go to support the prisoners.
August 25, 2015 Severo-the Caucasian district military court in Rostov-on-don sentenced. to 20 years in a strict regime colony. With him for 10 years condemned Oleksandr Kolchenko.
According to the FSB of the Russian Federation, Sentsov has created terrorist groups operating in the Crimea, and from April to may 2014 members Sentsov, Kolchenko, Alexey Chirny and Gennady Afanasyev – was set on fire in Simferopol offices of the public organization “Russian community of Crimea” and the local branch of the party “United Russia”.
Also, the FSB claims that these persons were preparing to commit terrorist acts – explosions in the night of may 9, 2015 improvised explosive devices near the Eternal flame and the monument to Lenin in Simferopol.
The Ministry of justice of Ukraine asked the Russian authorities on the transfer of Sentsov, Kolchenko and Afanasyev and convicted in the Russian Federation Yuri Soloshenko home as Ukrainian citizens for further serving of punishment of the Russian Themis. Sentsov and Kolchenko have prepared the relevant documents.
Human rights activists believe Kolchenko and Sentsov political prisoners and call for their “immediate and unconditional release and full rehabilitation.”