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Head of British Ministry of Foreign Affairs called to release Sentsov and Kolchenko

October 19, 2016 11:49 0 2025 QirimInfo
Boris Johnson said that Ukrainians received prison sentences for their opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea.

At the meeting of the House of Commons on October 18 British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called on the Russian authorities to release Ukrainian political prisoners  Sentsov and Kolchenko.

"We are really concerned about the number of those Ukrainians who have expressed their position on what happened – the illegal annexation of Crimea – and received prison terms, including Kolchenko and Sentsov. We appeal to the authorities of Russia to release them immediately", – Johnson said, answering the question of MP of the House of Commons Mary Miller, whether the British government would send Russia "a clear signal", condemning the imprisonment of Sentsov and demanding his immediate release.

Also, Johnson added that Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine deserve strengthening sanctions pressure.

Let us remind, in August 2015 the Russian court sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison on charges of planning terrorist attacks in Russia-annexed Crimea. Another person involved in the case is Oleksandr Kolchenko, who got 10 years of prison colony. Convicts themseleves find the accusation unfounded and politically motivated.

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