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Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov begins to judge in Russia

In Rostov-on-Don, the trial of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov began, who in Russia is accused of organizing a terrorist group and preparing terrorist acts in the Crimea.

Sentsov faces life imprisonment, and he himself is confident that the court will "give" him twenty years - that is the number, according to him, that Russian special services officers "promised" him when they arrested him on May 10, 2014.

Oleg Sentsov categorically rejects the charges against him and believes that he is being convicted for participating in the Maidan and an active position on upholding Ukrainian statehood in the Crimea.

He has a wife and two teenage children on the peninsula, one of whom has autism.

Dozens of world famous cinematographers (including even close to the Kremlin Nikita Mikhalkov) and thousands of public figures from different countries stand up for Sentsov. Ukraine announced Sentsov to political prisoners and demanded his immediate release.

However, the upcoming process in the North Caucasus District Military Court looks like a mere formality.

The Russian investigation managed to obtain confessions from two defendants in the case - Gennady Afanasyev and Alexei Chirniy, who identified themselves as accomplices in the criminal conspiracy together with Sentsov.

True, the former lawyer Chirniya Ilya Novikov is sure that his client has incriminated himself for the sake of a deal with the investigation.

Novikov was removed from participation in the process because of his position, the court found Afanasyev and Chirniy's guilt proven, they received seven years in prison - and now the Rostov court can only hear their testimony against Sentsov and determine the degree of punishment for the director.

On Monday, on the eve of the start of the trial of Oleg Sentsov, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in a conversation with international partners of the so-called "Normandy format", once again said that he requires Russia to speed up, without any additional conditions, the release of illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, including - Oleg Sentsov and Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot accused of murdering journalists.

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