Workers of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service will begin to feed Oleg Sentsov by force, if a direct threat to his life emerges. Ivan Melnikov, the secretary of Moscow's Civil Observation Mission said this in his commentatry for Interfax news agency.
'100 days of hunger strike - it is exremely difficult to pass; of course, Sentsov must be taking nutrition mixtures, otherwise he would have deceased by now. The Federal Penitentiary Service has its own regulations, and if his life is in danger, they will feed him forcefully,' Melnikov said.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He annoiunched hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
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 the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.
Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.