Putin’s Hostages Sentsov & Kolchenko
25 August, 2015

This Is How The Image Of ‘Terrorists’ Was Created For Kidnapped High-Profile Ukrainians


On August 25, 2015 the North Caucasus Military District Court of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, sentenced Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov for 20 years in supermax prison and Ukrainian anti-Nazi activist Oleksandr Kolchenko for 10 years in jail. Sentsov is accused of organizing a terrorist group in Crimea, and Kolchenko of participating in it.

It is the first sentencing in a number of high-profile cases against kidnapped Ukrainian citizens in Russia. They are a perfect study case for growing threat of state-forced destruction of the Russian court system and also a worrying illustration of the global community’s inability to defend the international law. Hromadske studied the details of the case that Russian investigators have carefully created over the past half-year.

Here’s why the pieces of their story don’t fit together.

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Putin’s Hostages Sentsov & Kolchenko