Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is serving 20 years in prison in Russia on terrorism charges, has been included in the short list of candidates for the European Parliament’s 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. This was announced on Twitter by the Brussels correspondent of Radio Liberty, Rikard Jozwiak.

According to him, Sentsov received 29 votes, Mediterranean non-governmental organizations – 22 votes and Moroccan activist Zefzafi – 16 votes.

“Obviously, Sentsov should win the Sakharov Prize 2018… Usually, the conference of presidents chooses the one who received the majority of votes – except for Dzhemilev in 2016, when several groups were afraid of Russia”, the journalist said.

The final decision on the winner will be announced in Strasbourg on October 25.

Recall, Sentsov was nominated for the Sakharov Prize by the European People’s Party, the largest faction in the European Parliament.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the annual award of the European Parliament. It was founded in 1988 and is awarded in 4 areas, in particular in the field of protection of human rights and its fundamental freedoms.

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