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Activists Stage Silent Protest In Poland For Jailed Filmmaker Sentsov

Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov
Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov

Rights activists staged a silent protest in Poland in support of Oleh Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in a prison in Russia where he's been in custody for more than four years.

The activists stood silently on September 10 as the Russian representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe gave opening remarks at a conference in Warsaw.

Many participants wore T-shirts or had stickers on their backs saying #SaveOlehSentsov.

A native of the Russia-annexed Crimea Peninsula, Sentsov was arrested in 2014 and a Russian court later sentenced him to 20 years in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Sentsov was a vocal opponent of Russia's annexation of the Black Sea region, and his supporters called his jailing politically motivated.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa

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