Open Letter to the Prime Ministers and Presidents of B2B Doc project partner countries in support of Oleg Sentsov














Stockholm, Sweden

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden
Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia
Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania
Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova
Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia
Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia

We the undersigned are documentary filmmakers, united in the Baltic to Black Sea Documentary Network, B2B Doc.  The reason why we appeal to you right now is the tragic fate of our colleague, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.  The Russian occupational forces in Crimea arrested him in 2014. He was accused of terrorism and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

There is no single piece of evidence indicating that Oleg has committed any crime, but a lot of evidence of how his case was manipulated by Russian authorities. All these years Oleg has been struggling for truth and freedom. Two weeks ago, exactly 4 years since he was arrested, Oleg Sentsov started a hunger strike in prison, demanding freedom for all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia.

We all know that Oleg is ready to die for freedom, but that would be too high a price to pay. And a human life means nothing and costs nothing for the Russia’s ruling regime. But your governments have political and diplomatic channels to put pressure on Russia. Please do your best to find a solution that would make it possible for the Kremlin to release Oleg Sentsov from prison. He is now in his third week of hunger strike; his condition is getting critical. Every day counts.

It is clear that the fate of Oleg Sentsov is in the hands of only one person, sitting in Kremlin. We all hope that you and your Governments will find ways to persuade him not to make yet another tragic mistake and cause the death of yet another innocent human being.


Adam Paplinski, Pitch the Doc, Poland
Akim Galimov, Ukraine
Aleksei Vakhrushev, Russia
Alex Shiriaieff, B2B Doc, Sweden
Alexander Mihalkovich, film director, Belarus
Alexander Svishchenkov, documentary director & producer, Belarus
Alexey Kononenko. producer KONON FILMS, Ukraine
Alina Gorlova, film director, Tabor production, Ukraine
Alina Matochkina, Ukraine
Aljona Surzhikova, director Diafilm, Estonia
Alla Prelovska, Ukraine
Anastasia Cherkassova, Russia
Anastasia Kirillova, film director, Sweden
Andrea Valencia Rivero, Iceland
Andrei Kutsila, Belarus
Anna Akulevich, film director, Ukraine
Anna Dziapshipa, Georgia
Anna Herza Tydlitatova, filmmaker, Czech Republic
Anna Kapustina, producer, Albatros Communicos Ukraine Film production
Anna Kaslová, Czech Republic
Anna Savchenko, Belarus/Belgium
Annegret Sachse, cinematographer/filmmaker, Germany
Anzhela Frangyan, filmmaker, Armenia
Aren Malakyan, director, producer, “Ulik” production, Armenia
Arevik Avanesyan, producer, Armenia
Arthur Sukiasyan, Armenia
Audrius Stonys, Lithuania
Carl Pontus Hjorthén, film director, Sweden
Darya Bassel, festival programmer, Ukraine
Den Strashny, producer, DOP, NGO Docutoloka, Ukraine
Dragosh Turea, Moldova
Ekaterina Markavets, filmmaker, Belarus
Elena Mika, Gerogia/Belgium
Elene Mikaberidze, filmmaker, Georgia
Eva Zelenskay, Ukraine
Frans Huhta Karlsson, Sweden
Gaga Chkheidze, Georgia
Ganna Iaroshevych, film director, Ukraine
Gennady Kofman, producer, program director Docudays UA, Ukraine
George Varsimashvili, filmmaker, Georgia
Gèv Harutyunyan, Armenia/Austria
Giedrė Žickytė, film director, Lithuania
Guntis Trekteris, Latvia
Hanna Hannerz, film director & producer, Sweden
Heleen Gerritsen, Germany
Hjalmar Palmgren, Sweden
Ileana Stanculescu, Georgia
Inesa Ivanova, UK
Inna Sahakyan, documentary filmmaker, Armenia
Iryna Popovska Karaya, Ukraine
Iryna Tsilyk, film director and writer, Ukraine
Jasmin Basic, film programmer, Switzerland
Johanna Bernhardson, filmmaker, Sweden
Julia Shaginurova, Germany/Russia
Karin Ekberg, Independent Filmmakers’ Association, Sweden
Katarzyna Szarecka, Pitch the Doc, Poland
Kate Beregulenko, independent producer, Ukraine
Kateryna Shevchenko, producer, Ukraine
Katya Lachina, Ukraine
Kenan Aliyev, Czech Republic
Ketevan Nozadze, filmmaker, Georgia
Kira Carpelan, Sweden
Kostiantyn Kliatskin, film director, Ukraine
Kristýna Genttnerová, Czech Republic
Laima Zurgina, Latvia
Lena Yakovitska, producer, Ukraine
Lenka Tyrpakova, programmer, Czech Republic
Leonid Kalitenya, Ukraine
Luciano Gloor, Switzerland/Georgia
Maksim Shved, filmmaker, Belarus
Maksym Nakonechnyi, producer, director, Tabor production, Ukraine
Maria Stoianova, Ukraine
Mariam Chachia,  Filmmaker OpyoDoc, Georgia
Mariam Ohanyan, Armenia
Mariia Ponomarova, film director, the Netherlands
Marina Stepanska, Ukraine
Masha Kondakova, Ukraine/France
Maximilien Dejoie, film director, Italy
Mery Aghakhanyan, filmmaker and documentary photographer, Armenia
Mikalai Laureniuk, Belarus
Mila Kudryashova, Russia
Monika Franczak, filmmaker, screenwriter, Poland
Nadia Parfan, film director, producer, festival curator, Ukraine
Natalia Libet, producer, Ukraine
Nino Dzamashvili, Georgia
Oleg Fialko, Ukraine
Oleksandra Chuprina, filmmaker, Ukraine
Oles Kromplias, Ukraine
Olga Beskhmelnitsyna, Ukraine
Olga Birzul, festival programmer
Olga Bogachevska, Ukraine
Olga Stefan, Switzerland
Olga Zhurba, Ukraine
Petro Tsymbal, film editor, Ukraine
Phillip Rojen, Canada
Polya Moshenska, Ukraine
Reijo Nikkilä, film director, Finland
Roman Bondarchuk, Ukraine
Rusudan Glurjidze, director, Georgia
Sasha Bojko, Ukraine
Sasha Kravchenko, Ukraine
Sergey Lysenko, Ukraine
Sergiy Pudich: director/writer/producer, CEO EasyLiving Films, NGO “Right to Dignity”, Ukraine
Serhiy Stetsenko, cinematographer, Ukraine
Silva Khnkanosyan film director, Armenia
Simon Mozgovyi, film director and actor, Ukraine
Sona Agapie Margaryan, Armenia
Sonia Engstrom, Sweden/Ukraine
Taras Bosak, Ukraine
Tatia Skhirtladze, artist and filmmaker, Georgia/Austria
Tekla Machavariani, producer, Georgia
Tue Steen Müller, film expert,, Denmark
Ulyana Osovska, director, NGO Docutoloka, Ukraine
Vahagn Khachatryan “Ulik” production, Armenia
Valentina Calà, Belgium
Valeriu Andriuta, Moldova
Valeriy Gorchakov, film director, Sweden
Vanina Vignal, filmmaker, film director, Romania-France
Veronika Zýková, Czech Republic
Victoria Trofimenko, film director/scriptwriter, Ukraine
Volia Chajkouskaya, producer, Belarus
William Johansson, film director & producer, Sweden
Yanina Kucher, filmmaker, Ukraine
Yevgeniya Kriegsheim, filmmaker, festival director Kharkiv MeetDocs, Germany/Ukraine
Yuliia Hontaruk, film director, Ukraine
Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych, director, Ukraine

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