Latest Political imprisonment News

Russia: Hunger-striking filmmaker's health satisfactory

Aug. 11, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prison system is contradicting claims about the worsening condition of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned on a terrorism conviction who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days. Sentsov is demanding that he and 64 other Ukrainians who he considers political prisoners be...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Sweden to Russia: Release hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker

Aug. 9, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden is calling on Russia to release a Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike, saying it's worried about his "deteriorating health condition." Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote Thursday on Twitter that the detention of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov "violates international...

Ivory Coast's president grants amnesty to former 1st lady

Aug. 7, 2018 7:11 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's president has granted amnesty to former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who had been serving 20 years in prison for offenses against the state. President Alassane Ouattara on state television late Monday announced he had granted amnesty to 800 political prisoners...

The Latest: Judge calls for end to NY political corruption

Jul. 27, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (all times local): 4:10 A federal judge who sentenced one of New York's longtime Democratic power brokers to seven years in prison says political corruption in New York state "has to stop." U.S....

Lawyer: Risks rise as filmmaker's hunger strike hits Day 75

Jul. 27, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The lawyer for a hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker who is imprisoned in Russia says the health risks for his client are rising as the protest enters its 75th day. Oleg Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy...

Russia calls woman held in US as agent 'political prisoner'

Jul. 26, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says a woman who was detained in the United States on charges of being a Russian agent is a political prisoner and must be released promptly. The Russian government previously objected to Maria Butina's arrest this month, but its characterization of her as a...

World Cup protesters get 15 days in jail, sports event bans

Jul. 16, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday's match between...

Iranian who served 17-year sentence for spying dies at 86

Jul. 12, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian official who served a 17-year sentence for allegedly spying for the United States has died at the age of 86. The official IRNA news agency quoted the wife of Abbas Amir-Entezam as saying that he died at home on Thursday after a having a seizure due to illness. He had served...