Different directors, producers, and activists will tomorrow together with members of the European Film Academy (EFA) protesting at the gates of the Russian embassy in Berlin. They want to be as their support said for the in Russia imprisoned Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. The director was in 2015 sentenced to 20 years in prison by a military court for terrorism and is currently on hunger strike, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Sentsov, in 2012 awarded at the international film Festival Rotterdam for his regisseursdebuut “Gamer”, became in 2014 by the Russian domestic intelligence service FSB arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in Crimea”. Sentsov brought food and other food to the Ukrainian soldiers during the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014. In 2015, sentenced a military court in Rostov-on-Don Sentsov up to 20 years in prison. He resides since november 2017 in a Siberian prison, where he still his innocence, shouts. Since may 14, 2018 performs the director a hunger strike.
With the action for the Russian embassy in Berlin hope the friends and colleagues of Sentsov the Russian government in embarrassment. They are aware of the fact that the director at the time of his hunger strike, not coincidentally, has chosen, with the final of the FIFA world cup in the offing. “It would be good if president Putin after its huge publicity stunt for the world cup now the question of the Ukrainian hostages and Sentsov solve”, explains the Irish film producer and EFA deputy chairman Mike Downey at The Hollywood Reporter. “If history teaches us anything, it is that the hunger strike of Sentsov the world cup may overshadow it.”
The protest is tomorrow between 17 and 18 hours before the gates of the Russian embassy on Berlin’s Unter den Linden. The action is also supported by the German film Academy and Amnesty International. EFA expects that more than 50 of the protesters will be present.