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Ukraine's Sentsov has "organic lesion" of heart, liver, kidneys, - lawyer

A long hunger strike of the Ukrainian director did not pass unnoticed
19:03, 9 December 2018

Russian Federal Penitentiary Service in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District

The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, illegally convicted in Russia, has “organic lesions” of the heart, liver, and kidneys. His lawyer Dmitry Dinze said in a commentary to the Echo of Moscow radio station.

According to him, Sentsov’s hunger strike “did not pass without a trace,” and the doctors discovered “organic lesions in his heart, liver, and kidneys.”

"His health condition is not so good, at least the organic changes that he had might be gone. Nobody can give 100% predictions about his health. The treatment continues, and it is not known when it will end," said the lawyer.

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As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov stopped his 145-days hunger strike in the Russian colony. According to the lawyer of Sentsov, the decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and jailers issued an ultimatum to the director, suggesting either to voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to force-feed. Oleg Sentsov began his hunger strike on May 14, 2018. The main requirement was to release the Ukrainians, who became political prisoners of the Kremlin.

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality Vera Jourova wrote a letter to Russia's Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov. She urges to re-consider the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and release him.

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"I strongly urge you to reconsider the case on humanitarian grounds and taking into account the international commitments of Russia in the human rights, to release Mr. Sentsov. Such gesture will send the powerful signal about the commitments of Russia on the observation of the international right and human rights to the world," Jourova wrote.

She also urged the Justice Ministry of Russia to provide the Ukrainian side, including the ombudswoman, the access to Sentsov in the colony.

On August 29, Lech Wałęsa, the Polish leader in 1990-1995, the holder of Nobel Peace Prize offered to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for this prize.

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On September 12, the European People's Party nominated Ukrainian political prisoner, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced a 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.

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