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Jury of Venice Film Festival calls Russia to release Sentsov

As of today, the Ukrainian filmmaker is on a hunger strike for 118 days
14:20, 8 September 2018

Radio Svoboda

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the jurors of 2018 Venice Film Festival called Russia to release the Ukrainian political prisoner, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. The relevant claim was published on September 8, as AFP reports 

Actress Naomi Watts, actor and director Christoph Waltz and the other jurors of the festival and celebrities claimed that Sentsov was "imprisoned and tortured... after a trial that clearly did not respect the rights of the defence". 

Related: Sentsov rejected hospitalization due to absence of satisfactory conditions in hospital

They called the Kremlin to immediately release Sentsov to avoid his death. 

Reportedly, earlier, the chief doctor of the hospital was threatening Sentsov to tie him up and forcibly 

As it was reported, Kolchenko declared a hunger strike on May 31, requiring the release of Oleg Sentsov. He had to suspend the strike, as he got very weak.  

Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, Sentsov to 20 years. Both are denying their guilt. 

Related: Russia claims Sentsov looks 'quite healthy' despite 115 days of hunger strike

Recently, Sentsov’s lawyer stated on the deterioration of his condition. He has a very low hemoglobin, which led to anemia, as well as a very low pulse. Oleg has a bad heart, he was asked twice to be taken to a hospital.  

However, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Yamalo-Nenets County claimed that the medical staff examines Sentsov on daily basis, and his condition is satisfactory. Furthermore, according to the lawyer of the political prisoner, the Chief Doctor of the Hospital in Labytnangi city was threatening Oleg Sentsov by tying up and drugging him with medicine and artificial nutrition.    

Related: Another request to pardon Sentsov overruled

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