Father Grigoriy, the bishop of the Apostle Orthodox Church is not allwoed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov in colony where he now serves time. This was the decision by Colonel Aleksandr Novikov, the chief of the Department of the Federal Penitantiary Service in Yamalo-Nenetsky territory. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudswoman posted that on Facebook.
'I spoke to Novikov on the colony's territory. He told me he doesn't see any point in my visit and decided not to let me in. It is obvious that any reaction of the Russian Federation to attempted visits to see Sentsov is extremely one-sided - 'don't'!', she wrote.
His current health conditions might be grave, which is why the Russian authorities do not allow any visits, the Ukrainian ombudswoman said.
As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin.
Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.
Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.