Canada is asking on Russia to launch Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov after his ongoing starvation strike handed its 100th day on August 21.
Chrystia Freeland tweeted, “Calling on #Russia to launch Ukrainian political prisoners. Canada may be very involved about [Sentsov’s] situation. We name on Russia to free him.”
Sentsov is a filmmaker initially from Crimea who’s a vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s takeover of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. He was convicted in 2015 by Russia for plotting acts of terror towards the nation and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
In Could 2018, Sentsov started his starvation strike to protest his arrest and demand the discharge of 70 Ukrainian prisoners.
Russia rapidly responded to Freeland’s tweet, stating that the calls for to free Sentsov have been “past any worldwide authorized norm” and amounted to “blatant interference in home affairs.”
Canada will proceed to press for the discharge of Sentsov and different political prisoners regardless of political stress from Russia, Freeland’s workplace advised International Information Thursday.
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“It’s [Canada’s] perception that we should always rise up for the folks of Ukraine, together with folks like Oleg Sentsov, and advocate for his or her situation,” Adam Austen, press secretary to the minister of overseas affairs, advised International Information. “We imagine his trigger is the appropriate one which is why the ministry has been energetic publicly on this difficulty.”
Sentsov’s household has not too long ago said that his situation is important, though Russia denies such an account, citing that he has been consuming a “nutritive combine” 5 occasions a day since June 6, and his most up-to-date medical evaluation reveals his well being just isn’t in peril.
Canada has additionally been accused by Saudi Arabia of interfering in its affairs after Freeland tweeted for the discharge of Saudi Arabian girls’s rights activists on August 2. Saudi Arabia retaliated to the tweets by expelling Canada’s overseas ambassador, suspending all enterprise and commerce between the 2 nations, and ending 1000’s of Saudi scholarship applications in Canada, amongst different measures.
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