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Sentsov emerged from hunger strike with impaired health, his letters are pessimistic, - cousin

Natalia Kaplan expressed the hope that he would be released
17:24, 16 October 2018

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov emerged from the hunger strike with incredibly impaired health and his last letters are very pessimistic. His cousin Natalia Kaplan claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"At the moment, he ceased the starving. He did this to avoid the forcible feeding. He emerged from it with incredibly impaired health, almost all vitals suffered," she noted.

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According to the sister, it is difficult to predict now whether Sentsov will survive after the hunger strike. Also, she claimed about the pessimistic attitude of his last letters.

"He wrote the will in which he asks to not leave the kids; he does not believe that he will be released. Maybe, he believes but does not expect this. He prepares that his children and creative work will be able to live without him," Kaplan said.

Related: Ukraine's ombudswoman demands that Russia provide official updates on Sentsov's health conditions

At the same time, she expressed the hope that he will be released.

On October 9, Anatoliy Sak, the Ombudsman in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of Russia, said that Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov did not stop his hunger strike.

Reportedly, Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reasons. According to the lawyer of Sentsov, the decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and penitentiary facility workers issued an ultimatum to Sentsov, suggesting that he either voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to be force-fed.

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Citing Valeriy Maksimenko, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation (FSIN), the Russian media reported that Sentsov had stopped the hunger strike and the nutritionists developed a special diet for him.

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: Jailed Sentsov writes script for new film after 145 days of 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.

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