The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation aggressor country recognizes that director Oleh Sentsov, convicted on a fabricated allegation, is a citizen of Ukraine. A copy of the FSIN document on the Yamalo-Nenets okrug was made public by lawyer Dmitriy Dinze on his Facebook, - LIGABusinessInform reports.
Dinze published a certificate issued by the Russian Federation Penitentiary Service to the Ukrainian consulate in Yekaterinburg in January 2017.
During a meeting with the Verkhovna Rada's authorized human rights representative Lyudmyla Denisova, Russian ombudsman stated that Sentsov and other Kremlin prisoners from the annexed Crimea were "persons with unresolved legal status".
Dmitry Peskov, the press Secretary for the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, believes that Sentsov is "de jure" Russian citizen.
Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov was detained in the occupied Crimea on May 10, 2014, accusing of "preparing terrorist acts". On August 25, 2015, a court in Russia sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in a high-security prison on a fabricated allegation in terrorism. Moscow refuses to hand over the director to Ukraine, considering the political prisoner to be his citizen.
On May 14, 2018, Sentsov started an indefinite hunger strike.