Bogdan Vasiliuk, priest of the St.George Russian Orthodox Church in Labytnangi visited the penal colony where the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov is kept. The press office of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the district reports.
The Federal Penitentiary Service claim that the priest was in the room with Sentsov. Allegedly he asked about Sentsov’s condition, and he said he is feeling good and supervised by the medical staff. Also, he didn’t express any complaints about the detention conditions.
‘Priest Bogdan Vasiliuk offered Oleg to have a conversation in private. Sentsov waived but thanked him by saying that he doesn’t need the help of a priest,’ reads the message.
Reportedly, Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian intelligence agencies in Crimea on May 2018. Later he was sentenced to 20 years of the colony under the accusation of terrorist activity on the territory of Crimea. Oleg does not admit his guilt.
Sentsov declared a hunger strike with a requirement to release all Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation.
At the end of June, Ludmyla Denisova claimed that a priest wasn’t allowed to visit Sentsov.