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Sakharov Prize For Freedom Of Thought Awarded To Oleg Sentsov

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: