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Sentsov himself should ask for pardon, - Russian president administration

This is stated in the letter-response to the mother of the political prisoner
23:45, 14 August 2018

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The Office for Ensuring the Constitutional Rights of Citizens under the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation sent a response to Oleg Sentsov's mother, stating that to start the pardoning procedure, Sentsov should independently address Vladimir Putin with the request, Hromadske reports.

The Administration stated that the request of Sentsov's mother was sent to the acting governor of the Yamalo-Nenets District for its preliminary consideration.

"At the same time, we explain that, in accordance with the Regulations on the procedure for considering petitions for pardon in the Russian Federation, ... the pardon procedure begins with a personal petition of the convicted person for clemency, in which he refers to the President of the Russian Federation in writing through the administration of the correctional facility where he is serving his sentence punishment, "says the reply to Sentsov's mother.

The publication notes that Sentsov's sister Natalya Kaplan said that this answer indicates that Oleg is not going to be released.

Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetsova, who visited Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian political prisoner undertaking a hunger strike, in a Russian prison on August 14, stated that he calls his condition “precritical”, as RTVI reported.

It was informed that the human rights activist talked to the movie director for two hours in the presence of a warden and two officers.

According to Svetsova, Sentsov is in a “good and clean” four-place ward.

“The doctors in the prison, whom Sentsov doesn’t trust, they are doing what they can, yet they don’t give any predictions. The lawyer said he was receiving drips and nutrient mixture which he accepts. However, it is the situation which cannot save his life,” she said.

Svetsova added that the aim of his hunger strike remains the same: to release the Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russian prisons.

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