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Film maker Oleh Sentsov is a Russian citizen

Summary of Disinformation

Since imprisoned film maker Oleh Sentsov is a citizen of Russia, the FSIN (Russian correctional service) authorities could not allow access to the Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudswoman Ludmila Denisova because she is a foreign citizen.


Sentsov was born in Crimea, which was invaded by Russian soldiers in 2014 and annexed by Russia following a vote the United Nations called invalid.

Sentsov remains a citizen of Ukraine. Russian authorities are well aware of this and have repeatedly admitted this. For example, the indictment document for Sentsov from 2015 lists him as a citizen of Ukraine, with information from his Ukrainian passport and no references to a Russian passport.

More importantly, the administration of the prison where Sentsov is currently held identified him as a Ukrainian citizen in an official notice sent to Ukraine’s consulate in Russia.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info

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Reported in: Issue 114
Date: 28.06.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Sentsov, illegal annexation, Human rights, Crimea
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Tatiana Moskalkova, Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, in Interfax
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