Parliamentary coalition seeks to punish MP Muraiev for calling Sentsov a terrorist

Ukrainian lawmakers demand that their colleague Yevhen Muraiev publicly apologize to Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners held in Russian jails.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, the demands were voiced by People’s Front faction MP Serhii Pashynskyi from the parliament’s rostrum.

The MP also urged the law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident and initiate criminal proceedings into Muraiev’s public statements aired by a TV channel.

"How much longer do we have to tolerate Russia’s propaganda mouthpieces on the territory of Ukraine? How long will the hired clowns tell us about freedom of speech while the enemy is waging undisguised war against us using NewsOnes and other filth?" Pashynskyi said.

As reported, Sentsov is serving a sentence in the maximum security labor camp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. This prison's inmates are serving sentences for commission of grave and especially grave crimes.

Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years' and 10 years' in prison, respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.

Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her brother reported on his failing health in a letter. He in particular said that he is losing his hair and has his teeth crumbling into small pieces.

On May 14, 2018, the fillmmaker said he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3070451