They finally meet – for the first time in four years. Ukrainian film maker Oleg Sentsov and his cousin Natalya Kaplan met at the 'Belyi Medved' (Russian for 'White Bear', - 112 International) penal colony in northern Russia, where the Ukrainian political prisoner currently serves time. The last time Kaplan saw him when the court announced the verdict in his case.
Kaplan spoke to Hromadske.org, sharing some details about his current health conditions. 'We spent two hours talking to each other, it was a short-term meeting. Oleg now weighs 75 kilograms, with his height being 190 cm. His health conditions are satisfactory, but he often feels worse in the evening. Nothing critical about it now. He also says he feels much better now, as the toughest period is over; he says the first three weeks are the hardest. He gets IVU injections now; without them, he wouldn't survive by now. He said he believed in victory; he's optimistic and says it is not in vain', she said.
According to lawyer Dmytro Dinze, Sentsov takes glucose and vitamins. 'He also said there were was no forced feeding. He is now strong enough not to faint from hunger, he's trying to keep it up. However, he may suffer another crisis anytime, and the colony's administration could decide to feed him forcefully', Dinze said.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. On May 14, he announced a timeless hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by Russia.