Russia refuses Amnesty International representatives to visit Sentsov

Source : 112 Ukraine

The human rights activists planned to bring an independent medical expert for the assessment of the prisoner's state
14:51, 3 August 2018

Wall Street Journal

The Russian authorities refused the human rights organizations Amnesty International in the access to Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov without the explanations as  the press service of the organization reported.

Later, the Ukrainian department of the Amnesty International published the text of the letter from the Federal Penitentiary Service on Twitter.

"The Federal Penitentiary Service did not make a positive decision on your appeal on the possibility of the meeting with convicted Sentsov O.G. who is serving sentence in the remand center of Russia in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug," the letter said.

Related: German Ombudsman calls Russia to provide medical aid to Sentsov

The refusal is not explained.

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Also, the representatives of the Federal Penitentiary Service claimed that Sentsov's health "is assessed as the stable, without negative dynamics."

Oksana Pokalchuk, the Head of the Ukrainian department of the Amnesty International reported to Radio Liberty that the refusal in the meeting "cannot be justified".

"After three months of the hunger strike his health raises serious concern," she emphasized and explained that Amnesty International plans to visit Sentsov with an independent medical expert for the assessment of his state.

Related: European Court of Human Rights calls Sentsov to stop hunger strike

Earlier Ukrainian ombudswoman claimed that Father Grigoriy, the bishop of the Apostle Orthodox Church was not allowed to visit Sentsov in colony where he now serves time.

As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

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