Sakharov Special: The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov: panel discussion with among other

Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov, The

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Panel discussion with among others Natalia Kaplan, cousin of Oleg Sentsov, and director Askold Kurov about Sentsov’s imprisonment and the conflict in Crimea.

After the screening, Kysia Hekster will lead a panel discussion about the trial against Oleg Sentsov, the crisis in Crimea and the latest developments. The participants are Natalia Kaplan, cousin and spokeswoman of Oleg Sentsov; the director of The Trial, Askold Kurov; Dutch filmmaker Jos Stelling; and Vasyl Cherepanyn, director of the Visual Culture Research Center in Kiev.

Since Sentsov’s trial and verdict, his cousin Natalia Kaplan has been advocating his release. She also received the Sakharov prize on his behalf. The Russian filmmaker Askold Kurov decided to make a film about the criminal trial against his colleague, to bring the case to everyone’s attention even more. Many filmmakers have voiced there support for Sentsov, among them Jos Stelling. Vasyl Cherepanyn will join the debate to explain what Europe needs to do to support Ukraine and to give context on the European-Russia relation.

In 2015, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, accused of terrorism by the Russian state, was sentenced to twenty years in prison in Siberia. Amnesty International called it a ‘cynical show trial’. According to Sentsov’s family and lawyer, he was arrested for peacefully protesting against the Russian occupation of Crimea. By now Oleg Sentsov has been locked up in Siberia for over 1700 days and last year he went on a hunger strike to ask for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners.

Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid to human rights work by the European Parliament. The prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause. In 2018 the prize went to the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

This screening is organized in cooperation with the European Parliament.