Klitschko collects famous footballers' signatures in support of Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov's release in Russia
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has been gathering signatures of famous athletes and football players under an appeal to immediately free Ukrainian writer and film director Oleh Sentsov, the mayor's office said on Friday.
Some of the signatures were collected by Klitschko during the UEFA Champions League tournament, which took place on Kyiv's Khreshchatyk Street as part of the Champions League final. The letter has already been signed by ex-player of the national football team of Ukraine Yevhen Levchenko, Ambassador of the UEFA Champions League Iya Andrushchak, the head coach of the Ukrainian national football team Andriy Shevchenko, English football freestyler Billy Wingrove, player of the Jamaica national football team Jeremie Lynch, ex-player of France's national team and such clubs as Olympique Marseille, Milan, Chelsea Marcel Desailly, English former footballer Stan Collymore, Portuguese retired footballer José Bosingwa da Silva, legendary Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko and other athletes.
"I, the mayor of Kyiv, in the past, the Eternal World Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitschko, together with many indifferent citizens, world-famous athletes and the stars of football, appeal to the president of the Russian Federation to immediately release the Ukrainian writer and film director Oleh Sentsov, and I appeal to the world community, democratic institutions to intensify efforts to release the illegally imprisoned Oleh Sentsov," the appeal reads.
The letter says that Sentsov's detention is one of the most egregious examples of human rights violations.