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News of Ukraine:Odessa citizens staged a protest in support of Crimean residents Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko.

Second anniversary of the sentencing of residents of the Crimea Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko 25 August in Odessa was held a rally in their support.

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Was initiated by the Ukrainian public organization “Self-defense of Odessa”, reports “Crimea. Realities”.

“I want to convey to people that the main thing in the current situation in the country – not to remain indifferent. In a difficult situation may be one. The indifference kills, and the support of others opposite gives strength,” – said the participant of the initiative group, refugee from Lugansk Marina Bushueva .

Odessa activists have deployed in the city garden is a large banner with the inscription “Freedom to the Crimean political prisoners” and bound hand chain.

Passers-by signed postcards with views of Odessa and the support of the Odessa activists are going to pass to Oleg Sentsov in the Siberian colony, in which, since 2015, he is serving a prison term. A video message addressed to him and Alexander Kolchenko, Odessa citizens will put on YouTube, said Marina Bushueva.

Under the Russian Embassy in Kiev on August 25 held a rally in support of political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko.

August 25, 2015 Severo-the Caucasian district military court has sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years of strict regime. Sentsov accused of preparation of act of terrorism, namely: the planning of the bombings at a memorial “Eternal fire” and a monument to Lenin in the Crimean capital. In addition, Oleg has been charged with arson offices of the Russian community of Crimea and the party “United Russia” in Simferopol.

Accomplice Sentsova Russian investigators have made Crimean activist of anti-fascist Alexander Kolchenko. The North Caucasus, the Rostov court ruled Alexander Kolchenko sentence – 10 years in a strict regime colony.

Alexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov, pleaded not guilty. Human rights organizations consider the charges groundless and politically motivated. The Russian human rights center memorial has recognized them as political prisoners.