2 Sep 2015


Brussels, September 2 2015

The Federation of European Film Directors has written to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the EU to call for the immediate release of Ukrainian Film Director Oleg Sentsov following his twenty year sentence by a Russian military court on August 25 on charges of terrorism.

In the letter, the FERA Executive Committee writes:

„It is clear to us beyond all doubt that Mr Sentsov has not had a fair trial; that there is strong evidence he was tortured during his detention; and that the case against him has been trumped up to gain a conviction.“

It continues:

„It is clear to us that this entire trial is a politically inspired action against a Ukrainian activist determined to exercise his legitimate right to protest against Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea.“

In line with the European petition initiated during his arrest, FERA’s film directors wish to express their unwavering support to Oleg Sentsov and call on Russian authorities to remedy this disreputable and illegal targeting of a fellow filmmaker and artist.

Contact : Pauline Durand-Vialle, FERA CEO – pdv@filmdirectors.eu – +32 25 44 03 33

You can download the above Press Release FERA PR_Free Oleg Sentsov 2 sept 2015