EU rebukes Putin with human rights prize to jailed Ukrainian film-maker

European parliament gives award to Oleg Sentsov, who has been described by Vladimir Putin as a terrorist

A Crimean dissident sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison has been awarded the European parliament’s prestigious Sakharov prize in a sharp criticism of Russia’s human rights record likely to provoke anger from the Kremlin.

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker vocally opposed to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2015 and sentenced to two decades in prison.

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