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France: Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov wins 2018 Sakharov Prize02:02

France: Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov wins 2018 Sakharov Prize

France, Strasbourg
October 25, 2018 at 12:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

The EU announced that they were to award the 2018 Sakharov Prize to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday.

Sentsov is accused of taking part in two arson attacks in the Crimean city of Simferopol shortly after the province's reunification with Russia in 2014.

The attacks are said to have been ordered by the Ukrainian nationalist group the Right Sector.

Sentsov was arrested on May 10, 2014.

On 14 May 2018, he went on hunger strike in the town Labytnangi, Siberia, to campaign for the release of 64 other prisoners.

The Ukrainian director's case has won the support of fellow film directors Mike Leigh, Stephen Daldry, Pedro Almodovar and Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov.

The Sakharov Prize was established in 1988 by the European Parliament as means to honour individuals and groups who have fought for human rights.

Previous winners of the award include former South African president Nelson Mandela.

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The EU announced that they were to award the 2018 Sakharov Prize to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday.

Sentsov is accused of taking part in two arson attacks in the Crimean city of Simferopol shortly after the province's reunification with Russia in 2014.

The attacks are said to have been ordered by the Ukrainian nationalist group the Right Sector.

Sentsov was arrested on May 10, 2014.

On 14 May 2018, he went on hunger strike in the town Labytnangi, Siberia, to campaign for the release of 64 other prisoners.

The Ukrainian director's case has won the support of fellow film directors Mike Leigh, Stephen Daldry, Pedro Almodovar and Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov.

The Sakharov Prize was established in 1988 by the European Parliament as means to honour individuals and groups who have fought for human rights.

Previous winners of the award include former South African president Nelson Mandela.

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