Crimea occupation: Letter from Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov smuggled out of prison - Guardian

18:43 Sep. 12, 2016

Letter from Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov smuggled out of prison - Guardian

Oleg Sentsov gestures as the verdict is delivered, as he stands behind bars at a court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (AP Photo)

Serving 20-year sentence for activities in Crimea after Putin annexed the peninsula, Sentsov urges defiance against ‘cowardly enemy'

He is a nail that will not bend - wrote Oleg Sentsov in his letter right out of Siberia. He is serving a 20-year prison term. In 2014 Sentsov was arrested in Crimea and accused of plotting terror acts. This is his first letter, smuggled out of jail. Sentsov denounces Russia's "cowardly" war in Ukraine – a war in which Moscow maintains it isn't a participant.

"For three years I've been sitting in a Russian prison. For those three years a war has been conducted against my country," Sentsov writes. "The enemy is fighting like a coward, vilely, pretending he's has nothing to do with this. Nobody believes it. But that doesn't stop him."

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