The #SaveOlegSentsov event organized in support of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian
prisoners of conscience will take place on Saturday, June 2 nd , at 11 a.m., near the
Independence stela (Maidan Nezalezhnosti).
Civil advocates will enumerate all the prisoners of conscience who are being illegally held in
detention in Russia and the occupied Crimean peninsula. The list includes artists, journalists,
civil rights advocates, students, Crimean Tatars. A symbolic red card will be shown to the
Kremlin, and the Ukrainian prisoners’ last names will be signed onto a football.
The event is part of the global #SaveOlegSentsov campaign; events in support of Ukrainian
political prisoners are to be held in more than 30 cities worldwide on June 1-2.
The campaign poses the following demands:
- To the government of Russia: to release Oleg Sentsov and all political prisoners.
- To the G-7: to submit the issue of releasing Oleg Sentsov and all political prisoners for
discussion at the G-7 summit in Canada, scheduled for June 8-9. To initiate a separate
negotiations process between Russia and Ukraine as to the release of Ukrainian citizens
convicted in Russia and the occupied Crimean peninsula on political grounds and to act as
intermediaries for stated negotiations.
- To the governments of countries, taking part in events dedicated to the football World Cup as
well as other official events: to raise the issue of human rights and the problem of political
prisoners in Russia and the occupied Crimean peninsula.
- To the civil society: to support the motto “At the football World Cup in Russia, I am rooting
for political prisoners.”
- To the government of Ukraine: to create the post of a special representative in matters of
Ukrainian political prisoners held in detention in Russia and the occupied Crimean peninsula.
Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian film director who is being illegally held in detention in Russia. He
went on an indefinite hunger strike on May, 14 th this year with the demand to free all Ukrainian