Nobody has brought a single argument proving that Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film-maker convicted to 20 years in jail by Russia and who is on a hunger strike now, is not guilty

Summary

You can say as much as you like that Sentsov, is not a terrorist, but no one who says that this man is a political prisoner brought any argument – an argument that could be sewn to the case, that he was not to blame. Not a single argument.

     

Disproof

Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, native of Crimea, best known for his 2011 film Gamer. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea he was arrested in Crimea and convicted to 20 years in jail by Russian court on charges of plotting terrorism acts. The conviction was widely described as unfair and politically-motivated. On 14 May 2018, Mr Sentsov went on an open-ended hunger strike protesting the incarceration of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and demanding their release. Three years ago, the Russian Human Rights Center Memorial declared Oleg Sentsov a political prisoner  [see in Russian: https://memohrc.org/ru/news/memorial-schitaet-olega-sencova-i-aleksandra-kolchenko-politzaklyuchennymi ] [see in English: https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/oleg-sentsov-and-russias-human-rights-violations-against-ukrainian?sort_by=field_date_value&page=10 ;   http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1527519105&w=ukrainian+political+prisoners ].

Amnesty International has called for Sentsov's immediate release and writes: "He was convicted in a military court in the Russian Federation, following a grossly unfair trial, on politically-motivated charges and his conviction was based on “confessions” obtained under torture." www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR4685282018ENGLISH.pdf,

European parliament adopted a resolution in June 2018 that demanded that the Russian authorities release "Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov". www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2018/2754(RSP),

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  • Reported in: Issue 112
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine
  • Keywords: State oppression, Russian world
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @Rossia 1, 56:28
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As soon as the ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline is constructed, the EU will recognize Crimea as a part of Russia

As soon as Russia receives an alternative way for transit of its gas to Europe [the ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline] and Europe understands that the continuity of gas supplies is ensured now by the fact that gas does not flow through Ukraine, all the questions about Ukraine will be closed. Crimea will be recognized as a part of the Russian Federation.


Disproof

Nord Stream 2 and status of Crimea are not connected in any kind of way.

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

Ukraine is a Nazi state and it is impossible to maintain normal relations with it

Ukraine is an abnormal state and this state is a Nazi state, thus maintaining relations with it is unacceptable and possible only in a critical situation.

Disproof

No evidence given.

Repeating recurring pro-Kermlin disinformation on Ukraine and Nazis. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

As witnessed by the democratic Early Parliament elections held on 26 October 2014, Ukraine is governed by a democratically elected Parliament. The OSCE characterized the elections as “an important step in Ukraine’s aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments”, offering voters “real choice” and “a general respect for fundamental freedoms”. According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook increasing attempts to derail the process. There was no possibility also to carry out the elections in the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia the same year http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/132556?download=true   The far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that http://bit.ly/2dFFEdi  .

The International Court of Justice has already designated Moscow as “guilty”

In the current reality, whatever we [the Russians] have collected [for the International Court of Justice in the Hague], it will not be accepted anyway, because we have been already designated as “guilty”. And anything from them [Ukraine] will be accepted, even if it is nonsense because they [the Ukrainians] have been appointed as victims. And while we are in this frame, they will get all the cards in their hands.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. On June 12, 2018, Ukraine submitted to the International Court of Justice in The Hague a memorandum with what Ukraine sees as evidence of Russia's violation of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The evidence is under investigation. The Hague court that has also judges from Russia, has never designated anybody as "guilty" in advance.

www.unian.info/politics/10149827-ukraine-submits-to-icj-evidence-of-russian-crimes-in-crimea-donbas.html,