Polish parliament urges Russia to free Ukrainian political prisoners

The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a Thursday resolution urged Moscow to free Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in Russian prisons, such as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a native of Crimea, who was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony.

The resolution, which was prepared by a group of opposition MPs from the Civic Platform party, was passed in a 410-2 vote, with two abstentions.

The Sejm stressed in the resolution that "millions of representatives of the democratic world" await the release of people "who are persecuted for political reasons."

"We demand the release of Crimean-native film director Oleg Sentsov who was sentenced in April 2015 to 20 years in a penal colony on terrorism charges," the resolution reads.

The MPs voiced their concern about Sentsov's health due to his ongoing hunger strike.

The resolution also mentioned journalist Roman Sushchenko, a Paris correspondent for a Ukrainian news agency, who was sentenced in early June to 12 years in a penal colony on charges of espionage.