Oleg Sentsov to receive the 2018 Sakharov Prize  

The Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov will be awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony on Wednesday at 12.00.

Mr Sentsov, who is currently imprisoned in Russia for “plotting terrorist acts” against the Russian “de facto” rule in Crimea, will be represented in Strasbourg by his cousin Natalya Kaplan and his lawyer Dmitriy Dinze. The prize will be handed over to them by EP President Antonio Tajani in a ceremony in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday 12.00.

President Tajani will hold a press conference immediately after the award ceremony at 12.30.

You can watch the plenary ceremony via EP Live and EbS+.

Also shortlisted for the prize were 11 non-governmental organisations rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and Nasser Zefzafi, leader of the Moroccan mass protest movement, Hirak.

MEPs on the Committees on Foreign Affairs, on Development and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a discussion with the representatives of the 2018 Sakharov Prize winner, on Monday 10 December from 19.30 – 21.00.

Background information

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, is awarded each year by the European Parliament. It was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Award ceremony: Wednesday, 12 December - 12.00-12.30

Press conference: Wednesday, 12 December, 12.30