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Crimean filmmaker pleads not guilty in terrorism trial

A Ukrainian filmmaker who has been in jail for more than a year on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism. Critics have dismissed Oleg Sentsov's prosecution as revenge for his pro-Ukrainian position in Russia-occupied Crimea. Sentsov, a Crimean native, was a vocal voice against Russia's annexation of Crimea which followed a hastily called referendum in March. The 39-year-old Sentsov was arrested in Crimea's capital in May 2014 after a pro-Ukrainian rally protesting the annexation. At the opening of his trial in the southern city of Rostov-on Don on Tuesday, Sentsov pleaded not guilty and insisted the case against him is a fabrication,...

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