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Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia Kolchenko goes on hunger strike

The purpose of Kolchenko’s strike is to demand the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov
15:16, 31 May 2018

RFE/RL

Convicted in Russia as "Crimean terrorists" Oleksandr Kolchenko announced a hunger strike. This was reported by the Mediazone agency, referring to Kolchenko’s lawyer Andriy Lepyokhin. 

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. 

Related: Fourth anniversary of Sentsov-Kolchenko affair: The prisoners are still there

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.

Related: Ukrainian political prisoner Kolchenko in Russia released from penalty cell

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