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Facing 20 Years In Russian Jail, This Ukrainian Bursts Into Song


A court in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has just sentenced an acclaimed Ukrainian film director, Oleh Sentsov, who was accused of masterminding terrorist attacks in Crimea.

Sentsov says the charges are politically motivated and that "a trial by occupiers cannot be fair by definition."

Standing in a cage, the judge delivered the verdicts: 20 years for Sentsov and 10 years for his co-defendant, Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.

Just after the judge asks -- "Do you understand the court's sentence and the terms of appeal?" -- the two men start singing.

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