: Decision to free Sentsov and Kolchenko hangs on Russian President

17:37 Jun. 15, 2016

Decision to free Sentsov and Kolchenko hangs on Russian President

Ukrainian political prisoners Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko

Putin's spokesman comments on the prospects of further prisoner release

Russia and Ukraine are discussing the further exchange of prisoners, including the case of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, but everything will depend on the decision of President Putin, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

"Contacts are being maintained. Ukrainian representative for humanitarian affairs in the Minsk Group Medvedchuk is rather active. Various candidates are being discussed. In this case, the joint work is definitely being done," Peskov said, answering a question whether progress in the exchange of Sentsov was possible.

"Still, everything will depend, and I can speak only for ourselves, on the final say of the head of state," Peskov stressed.

Read also Russian court refuses to review the Sentsov-Kolchenko case

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov along with the activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were sentenced by a Russian court to 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively. They were accused of creating an extremist organization and plotting terrorist acts in Russia-occupied Crimea. 

Based on reporting by Interfax

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