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Activists protest outside Russian embassy in Kyiv on eve of World Cup

This was yet another event within the framework of #FreeSentsov campaign.

Activists protest outside Russian embassy in Kyiv on eve of World Cup
Photo: Max Trebukhov

Activists have held a protest outside the Russian embassy in Kyiv in solidarity with Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who is illegally imprisoned in Russia.

Several dozens of activists took part in the rally, the Ukrinform news agency reported.

"We have come today to picket the Russian embassy on the eve of the FIFA World Cup Russia to express our solidarity with Sentsov and support all political prisoners. We want to explain that all people who go to Russia to attend the football championship and all who bought tickets become accomplices in crime. Sensible people cannot attend such events when Sentsov is on hunger strike, when other Ukrainians are held in Russia's prisons," rally co-organizer Dmytro Zhmailo said.

The activists called for a boycott of the Ukrainian media which will broadcast the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

They also read out an appeal to foreign citizens in English, calling on them to join the boycott of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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