Emmanuel Macron discussed the case of an Ukrainian filmmaker with Putin


By: Middle East Affairs

PARIS/MOSCOW – On Friday, Emmanuel Macron’s office said that French President Emmanuel Macron talked by telephone to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the instance of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian prison.

The Ukrainian filmmaker called “Sentsov,” 42, was captured in Crimea after the Ukrainian domain was seized by Russian powers and added in 2014. He was imprisoned for a long time on terrorism charges which he says are politically propelled, and has been on hunger strike since May in order to highlight Russia’s human rights record.

An announcement from Macron’s Elysee Palace said: “The President of the Republic passed on to President Putin his worries, given that the strength of Mr Sentsov appears have intensified perilously, and the significance that Russia direly finds a philanthropic answer for the circumstance.”

Moreover, it said: “President Putin resolved to react and to rapidly distribute information on Mr Sentsov’s wellbeing.”

Additionally, an announcement distributed by the Kremlin after the discussion did not say anything about Sentsov, but rather Interfax later cited Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov as affirming that the subject was talked about, without giving any more points of interest.

On Thursday, the Kremlin had said it had gotten a letter from the mother of Sentsov requesting that Putin absolve her son. Sentsov’s wellbeing is quickly declining, his attorney and a relative said.

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