Oh, the irony that is Russia.
Here is the TASS headline. European Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Ukrainian filmmaker convicted of terrorism
Oleg Sentsov was convicted of terrorism by a Russian military court and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His crimes were:
- Forming a Crimean “Right Sector”
- Two acts of terrorism
- Planning an attack on a statue of Lenin in Simferopol
Upon sentencing, he began singing the Ukraine national anthem instead of acknowledging the sentence.
A common description of the trial was “kangaroo court“.
Sentsov went on a 145-day hunger strike to protest his treatment.
But TASS didn’t put his name in the headline that he won a renowned award. Instead, he was labeled a terrorist.
All because the EU backhanded Putin: