Yesterday, I was honoured to present the documentary “The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov” in the European Parliament on behalf of EPP Group in the European Parliament. Thank you also to AFET Chair David McAllister for introducing the movie to the audience in Brussels.
Oleg Sentsov is a prisoner of conscience, an honest and innocent man who, after opposing the Russian occupation of Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in jail by Russian courts on fabricated charges of plotting terrorist acts. The EU declared his case to be in breach of international law and the elementary standards of justice. By supporting Oleg Sentsov, the European Parliament has used the opportunity to stay true to its convictions, to the principles of democracy, human rights and dignity, the rule of law and freedom of thought.