Oleg Sentsov

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Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov
Sakharov Prize 2018 laureate Oleg Sentsov receives his award (49127359156) cropped.jpg
Oleg Sentsov in 2019
Born (1976-07-13) 13 July 1976 (age 44)
Alma materKyiv National Economic University
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active2008–present
Children2

Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov (Ukrainian: Олег Геннадійович Сенцов, Oleh Hennadiiovych Sentsov; born 13 July 1976) is a Ukrainian filmmaker, writer and activist.[1]

He is known for his 2011 movie Gamer.

After the Russian annexation of Crimea, he was arrested in Crimea in May 2014 and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment by a Russian court in August 2015 on charges of plotting terrorism acts.[2] This was controversial and many believed his arrest was politically motivated.[3]

On 7 September 2019 he was released in a prisoner swap.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kramer, Andrew E. (25 October 2018). "Rights Prize Goes to Oleg Sentsov, a Russian Prisoner, in a Rebuke to Putin". The New York Times.
  2. Ukrainian Filmmaker Remains Behind Bars Despite Growing Support, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (June 26, 2014)
  3. Walker, Shaun (25 August 2015). "Russian court jails Ukrainian film-maker for 20 years over terror offences". theguardian.com.
  4. Lapin, Denis; Pavlova, Olga; Britton, Bianca; Dean, Sarah. "Film director Oleg Sentsov and MH17 suspect among those freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap". CNN. Retrieved 2019-09-07.