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Russian doctors threaten Sentsov to make him “vegetable”

“Vegetable” means that he will lie still on the bed with a tube in his nose and mouth, - Dinze said
23:08, 5 October 2018

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov is given an ultimatum, threatened to be made “vegetable” if he does not stop the hunger strike. Lawyer of the political prisoner Dmytro Dinze claimed this to Meduza.

According to the lawyer, the decision on the suspension of his hunger strike was adopted after the Russian doctors and jailers gave the ultimatum to Sentsov offering either to terminate the hunger strike or to agree for a force-feed.

Related: Sentsov reports on forcible feeding in letter, asks for forgiveness

Dinze claimed that Sentsov has one week to think, in case of refusal to stop the hunger strike, they promised to bring him to an intensive care, lock him to bed and start forcibly feed him through the tube.

‘And said they would make him “vegetable”. Vegetable – he will lie still on the bed with a tube in his nose or mouth. They believe he is no longer able to understand his acts that the hunger strike came to the point of no return,’ he claimed.

Related: Cease of Sentsov's hunger strike means he is in critical condition, - Ombudsman

Reportedly, Ukraine sought official data on the health condition of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov from Russia.

Earlier, Russian mass media reported with a reference to Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Valeriy Maksimenko that Oleg Sentsov suspended his hunger strike. It is said that Moscow’s nutritionists formulated a special diet to stop his strike.

Related: Kremlin confirms that Sentsov stops hunger strike, - Ombudsman

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner, announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov has already survived three health crisis; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.

Related: Ukraine requests Russia to provide official data on Sentsov’s hunger strike

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 occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.

Related: Sentsov ceases hunger strike, - Russian federal penitentiary service

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