It has been five years since Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was arrested by the Russian authorities in the occupied Crimea. Although Sentsov ended his hunger strike, his family, Ukraine, and the world are still worried about him and the conditions he was put in by Russia.
But Sentsov is far from the only political prisoner arrested since the illegal Crimean annexation in March 2014. There are 20 other similar cases, as well as 56 Muslims arrested because of their faith (the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir and Mejlis cases). Adding to that the 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured near the Kerch Strait last November, this makes the overall number of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars arrested by Russian authorities since the annexation 101.
This week, Hromadske is dedicating its Sunday Show to Sentsov and other political prisoners in Russia. We will talk to experts about their demonstrated resilience and strength.
Executive Director, Center for Civil Liberties
coordinator of the “Without Borders” refugee organization
lawyer to captured sailor Roman Mokriak