: Radio Liberty: Russia signals possible release of filmmaker Sentsov, other Ukrainians

10:36 Apr. 9, 2016

Radio Liberty: Russia signals possible release of filmmaker Sentsov, other Ukrainians

A security officer walks past the portraits of Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 25, 2105. (AP Photo)

At least 21 Ukrainians are jailed in Russia and occupied Crimea on politically motivated grounds

Moscow has indicated it is considering freeing four imprisoned Ukrainians, including filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who were convicted by Russian courts on charges related to Russia's forcible annexation of Crimea and derided by critics as politically motivated.

The Russian Justice Ministry said in a statement on April 8 that it had asked the Federal Penitentiary Service to prepare documents for the transfer of the four men back to Ukraine following a March 10 request from Kyiv.

However, the ministry said any final decision to hand over Sentsov, Hennadiy Afanasyev, Oleksandr Kolchenko, and Yuriy Soloshenko would be made by Russian courts.

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