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On Sunday, we locked arms with other activists from around the world at a mass demonstration organized to ​counter the summit between Presidents Trump and Putin with a message of democracy, human rights, and peace. #HelsinkiCalling
We joined Natalia Kaplan, the cousin of Oleg Sentsov—now on day 65 of a hunger strike in a Russian penal camp—to call for the release of all political prisoners held in Russia.
Putin gets the message: We were front and center among the crowd demanding that Putin #FreeSentsov as he passed by on his way to the meeting with Trump.

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In a few minutes, PEN America will be co-hosting a screening of Arnold Kurov’s “The Trial,” a documentary about Oleg Sentsov, together with @MovingImageNYC. The screening will be followed by a discussion with @mashagessen and the producer Max Tuula. Stay tuned for updates!
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