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 Pussy Riot held event in support of Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov. VIDEO

Activists from Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist protest punk rock group, unfolded a Free Sentsov banner in the Russian city of Yakutsk in support of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director and political prisoner jailed in Russia.

Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

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"Yakutsk, the Republic of Sakha, a bridge across Lake Saysary. A 20-minute ride from penal colony No. 1, where Oleh Sentsov is serving his term. Seven and a half kilometers away," Pussy Riot member Mariya Alekhina wrote on Facebook on Sunday, Aug.6.

Pussy Riot's linen banner read 'Free Sentsov' in pink color. It was fixed on the bridge so that passers-by and residents of nearby houses could see it.

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"Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov, who was tortured during the investigation, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The case of Sentsov and Kolchenko is one of the key political cases in the history of our country. Free him," Alekhina wrote.

Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years' and 10 years' imprisonment prison, respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.
 
 
 
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