Ukrainian filmmaker's 20-year jail sentence in Russia draws fire abroad

August 25, 2015 9:52 PM

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A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a promising young Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in prison on charges of terrorist activity, prompting accusations from rights groups, fellow directors and Western governments of a Kremlin move to punish critics.

Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Crimean environmental activist Alexander Kolchenko were accused of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula seized and annexed by Russia in March 2014.

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