RUSSIAN COURT SENTENCES UKRAINIAN FILM-MAKER OLEG SENTSOV TO 20 YEARS FOR 'TERRORISM'

25.08.15


The Ukrainian film-maker has been given hard labour as punishment following his controversial trial marred by allegations of torture and coercion

By Roland Oliphant, Daily Telegraph, Moscow

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film-maker held in Russia on terror charges, has been sentenced to 20 years hard labour in a case decried by human rights groups and Western governments.

Mr Sentsov’s co-accused, Alexander Kolchenko, was also sentenced to 10 years in prison at the North Caucasus military district court in Rostov-on-Don.

Prosecutors originally asked for 23 years for Mr Sentsov and 12 for Mr Kolchenko.

The sentence follow a controversial trial that has been condemned in the West as an effort to put pressure on the Ukrainian government.

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