Sentsov about Navalny: The phrase “Crimea is not a sandwich” has not been refuted

Ukrainian director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov spoke in an interview with NV about his attitude towards the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny , drawing attention to his position on the occupation of Crimea.

“ If you take his political path, what things he said and did, all these demarches, statements about Crimea, Donbass, he never refuted his famous phrase“ Crimea is not a sandwich to pass it back and forth ”, – noted Sentsov.

According to the Ukrainian director, if Navalny had come to power, he might have withdrawn Russian troops from Donbass ” and even then not immediately.”

“ As the reason, he voiced that it costs Russia too much money, but he does not call what is happening Russian military aggression or a war of conquest. He does not speak at all about the external agenda, ”the Ukrainian director noted.

Sentsov added that Navalny is ” really fighting Putin” and is his strongest opponent at home, but it is not known what Russia will be like if he succeeds in gaining power.

“ It’s good if he throws him off, this option is also possible. But the question is, what kind of Russia will we see after that. … Russia is a prison of peoples, after the revolution and the collapse of the USSR it simply decreased in size, but everywhere there are enough separatist sentiments. I was imprisoned in Yakutia, where there are very strong separatist sentiments, as in other regions of Russia. Should a Russian politician give Crimea, the Kuril Islands or Koenigsberg, he will lose everything. I think Navalny understands this, ”said the director.

In October 2014, in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Alexei Navalny said: “ Crimea is a sandwich with sausage, or what, to bring it back and forth? From the point of view of politics and restoration of justice, what needs to be done now in Crimea is to hold a normal referendum. Not the same as it was, but normal. <…> A decision can be made based on the results of this referendum ”.

On February 2, 2021, a Moscow court replaced opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real one  – 3.5 years in a general regime colony.

The politician will be credited with the time he spent under house arrest in 2014, and the term will be reduced to about 2 years and 8 months. Opposition representatives intend to appeal against the court decision.

On January 17, 2021, Navalny was detained while going through border control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The politician returned to Russia from Germany, where he was treated and recovered from the effects of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok.

The Federal Penitentiary Service explained that the oppositionist was wanted “ for multiple violations of the probationary period” in the Yves Rocher case.

16 hours after returning to Russia, Navalny was arrested for 30 days . The court session was held in the building of the police department in Khimki near Moscow.

In the case of Yves Rocher in 2014, the politician was given a 3.5-year suspended sentence with a probationary period of five years ( then it was extended for another year), allegedly due to the fact that he, together with his brother Oleg, convinced Yves Rocher’s company to conclude an unfavorable deal.

(c) HB


  • Sentsov is correct. Navalny is no friend of Ukraine, or Georgia for that matter. If by some miracle he ever got elected, which he won’t, the mafia will never allow it, his stance on Ukraine will remain the same. All Putin has to do is get his judges to bring out a law, saying ex convicts are not allowed to run in elections, and Navalny is history.

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  • It really doesn’t matter for Ukraine who the president is. The Russia is a crime syndicate and rotten to the core and so for Ukraine, there is little hope that it will get Crimea back … or the Donbass, for that matter. The best chance for that is for mafia land to slide further into the sewage. It must get its economic back broken …snapped like a dry twig … then it would simply be far too expensive to have either territory.

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  • A very good analysis by Sentsov. He basically confirms what i have been arguing for more than half a decade. The lunatics who call me a traitor from time to time do not understand a bit of how RuSSia, independent from Putin, works. I think Ukraine will make concessions to regain (new) sovereign borders, but not as long as Putin is in office. Ukrainians would rather die than make any concessions to the rat king. But after Putin’s demise Ukraine will start a different approach to deal with the mess Putin caused. Navalny’s father is ukrainian, so i do not expect him to be hostile towards Ukraine although loyal to RuSSia. Time will tell if i am right. Ukraine definitely needs peace and full independence from the muscovite system once and for all.

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    • From his own words, which he has not retracted, he is indeed hostile to Ukraine. And Georgia as well. He’s an imperialist. He’s 1000 times better than putler, but Ukraine’s pain will continue even if he somehow gets power.

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