The purpose of the hunger strike of Kolchenko is the requirement to release Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov. Sentsov, went on a hunger strike on May 14 and demanded to release all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Now Sentsov is receiveing supportive therapy.
According to the lawyer Lepyokhin, Kolchenko announced a hunger strike on May 31 and he does not have any other requirements, except the liberation of Sentsov.
Also, information about the Kolchenko’s hunger strike was made public by Russian human rights activist Pavel Chikov.
Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by Russian special services in Crimea in May 2014 on charges of organizing terrorist attacks on the peninsula. In August 2015, the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years of imprisonment in strict regime colony on charges of terrorist activities in Crimea. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of colony. Both did not recognize their guilt.