European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the continued illegal detention of Oleg Sentsov

Bruxelles, 07/10/2018 - 21:03, UNIQUE ID: 181007_2
Statements by the Spokesperson

Oleg Sentsov was jailed for alleged activities conducted on the Crimean Peninsula, the illegal annexation of which by the Russian Federation he strongly opposes. The EU considers the case to be in breach of international law and elementary standards of justice.

Oleg Sentsov has shown incredible courage, determination and selflessness during his 145 days of hunger strike.

His health has now deteriorated to a critical state. In refusing to provide him with appropriate medical treatment in an institutionalised medical setting, the authorities of the Russian Federation have violated his human rights as well as their own human rights commitments under international law, namely the European Court of Human Rights interim measure of 25 July this year.

The European Union stands in solidarity with Oleg Sentsov and, in addition to swift and appropriate medical treatment, expects his immediate release, along with all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula. International human rights standards on the peninsula must be upheld.