The health conditions of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, illegally held in the Russian colony of Labytnangi, appeared to be among topics discussed between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The two officials talked on the phone, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
According to the message, it was Pompeo who brought up the subject, and he received 'respective explanations'.
The sides also discussed the situation in Syria, the tensions in U.S.-Russia relations and the criminal prosecution of Russians in the U.S.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
The native of Crimea, film director and political activist, 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.