It is noted that the Federal Penitentiary Service in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Russia’s Justice Ministry issued a certificate to Ukraine’s Consulate in Yekaterinburg that confirms the Ukrainian citizenship of Sentsov.
“Convicted Sentsov O.G. is a citizen of the Republic of Ukraine. He was transferred on October 10, 2017. The passport ES 477125 was issued on November 12, 1997,” the certificate said.
Thus, it belies the statement of the Russian side that Sentsov was a citizen of Russia at the moment of the conviction.
As we reported, on June 18, Denisova was not allowed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko. Then, the meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian ombudswomen took place when they discussed the citizenship of the detainees.
On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements. As the same time, on June 16 Moskalkova visited Dmytro Shtyblikov, a Ukrainian “saboteur”, in Omsk.
Moreover, Denisova reported about the disruption of the agreements with Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova on the synchronized visit to Oleg Sentsov and Kyrylo Vyshynsky.
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.