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Russia refuses Ukrainian consul in meeting with prisoner Kolchenko

The Russian authorities insist that Kolchenko is a citizen of Russia
09:00, 2 June 2018

RFE/RL

Russia's authorities have refused the Ukrainian consul in the meeting with Oleksandr Kolchenko, the illegally convicted citizen of Ukraine once more. Mariana Betsa, the spokeswoman of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported this on Twitter.

'Once more Russia refused to let Ukrainian consul to see O. Kolchenko explaining this by the fact that he is a citizen of Russia. It is the insolent violation of all norms. We continue to fight', she reported.

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The purpose of the hunger strike of Kolchenko is the requirement to release Ukrainian film director Oleg SentsovSentsov, went on a hunger strike on May 14 and demanded to release all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Now Sentsov is receiving supportive therapy.

According to the lawyer Lepyokhin, Kolchenko announced a hunger strike on May 31 and he does not have any other requirements, except the liberation of Sentsov. 

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The purpose of the hunger strike of Kolchenko is the requirement to release Ukrainian film director Oleg SentsovSentsov, went on a hunger strike on May 14 and demanded to release all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Now Sentsov is receiving supportive therapy.

According to the lawyer Lepyokhin, Kolchenko announced a hunger strike on May 31 and he does not have any other requirements, except the liberation of Sentsov. 

Related: Hunger protests of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia: Balukh, Sentsov, Kolchenko

As it is known, 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.

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