Magazine article Screen International

Ukrainian Director Arrested by Russian Secret Service

Magazine article Screen International

Ukrainian Director Arrested by Russian Secret Service

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Oleg Sentsov has been allegedly "kidnapped" by the FSB.

Ukrainian film-maker and Euromaidan activist Oleg Sentsov, director of the film Gamer, has been allegedly "kidnapped" by the Russian Security Service FSB and accused of organising a terrorist attack.

It was reported by Ukrainian journalist Ekaterina Sergatskova.

The National Filmmakers Union of Ukraine reported that attempts to find out what happened to Sentsov since his arrest in his home town of Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula last week have been in vain.

"They [the FSB] neither confirmed nor denied his arrest, and said that any information can only be provided to close relatives," the Filmmakers Union said.

The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine also expressed its concern and published a letter of protest against the FSB's actions towards Ukrainians and sent it to a number of international human rights organisations.

Sentsov is reportedly going to be defended by the lawyer Dmitry Dinze, who worked on the case of Pussy Riot and Bolotnaya Prisoners, and said that the film-maker was in a temporary detention centre of the FSB in Crimea and would be moved to the Lefortovo prison in Moscow [this weekend]. …

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