The exchange of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who sends his sentence in the Polar Bear colony (the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous area), is not possible for Russian prisoners in Ukraine, Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights commissioner in Russia, told Interfax.
According to her, this is due to the fact that Sentsov "actually got two nationalities".
"According to the Ukrainian constitution, their citizens are not extradited to the Russian territory – just as our citizens are not extradited to another territory, so we have to look for a new legal form," Moskalkova proposed.
In her view, such a form could be a bilateral agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the status of persons with two nationalities.
Oleg Sentsov, sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of terrorism, has been hungry for 100 days: he declared an undefined hunger strike on 14 May. His only condition to stop the hunger strike is the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. In July, the mother of Sentsov asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon his son. The Kremlin replied that the petition had to be submitted by the prisoner himself. The director said he would not stop the hunger strike.
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