NEW YORK (QHA) -

Voice Project, a human rights organization in the US, has launched a campaign called "Imprisoned for Art," having involved famous actors and musicians.

Under this project, the well-known representatives of show business with the help of photos drew the world's attention to their colleagues who were unjustly condemned and imprisoned for political reasons.

This is how the Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, best known for his role as Jack Sparrow, drew the world's attention to his colleague Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. He posted his photo with a sign showing the date of Sentsov’s detention, as well as his jail term and place of imprisonment.

Thus, the representatives of art hope to draw the attention of the world to the people of art unjustly imprisoned for political reasons in different parts of the world.

On October 21, it became known that Russia refused to hand over the political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kol'chenko to Ukraine, referring to the fact that they are supposedly Russian citizens - and this is after the fact that in March this year, the report of the Russian Ombudsman stated that legal uncertainty about the citizenship of Sentsov and Kol'chenko had been eliminated and they were recognized as Ukrainian citizens.

Just a reminder: May 2014, four local pro-Ukrainian activists were arrested in the occupied Simferopol: Gennady Afanasiev, Aleksey Chernyi, Alexander Kol'chenko and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. In August 2015, a Russian court found them guilty of planning terrorist attacks in Crimea and setting fire to two offices of political parties in Simferopol.

Afanasiev and Chernyi agreed to cooperate with the investigation and were impose the custodial sentence of seven years. Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years and Kol'chenko to 10 years in prison.

PHOTO: Voice Project

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