Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia Oleg Sentsov has refused the proposition to be examined by the doctors proposed by his lawyer and relatives. Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova said this upon coming to Kyiv, as 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
“We proposed and I turned to the head of penitentiary to organize for him a consultation with the doctors chosen by his lawyer or relatives so he trusts them. He said he didn’t want to meet any doctors at all, that he was sturdy and would continue to maintain his position till the end,” she said.
She also noted that Sentsov could “stand up and talk.”
“I don’t see a mortal danger, but I am still worried that 40 days of hunger is a very long time,” Moskalkova said.
She added that she was receiving reports on Sentsov’s state of health from the human-rights ombudsman of Yamalo-Nenets region Anatoly Sak.
Moskalkova also informed that she was planning to visit Ukrainian political prisoner as soon as she returns from Kyiv and given the permission she will go togather with Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova.
“I will definitely visit him after returning from Kyiv. If I have a permission to go together with Lyidmyla Denisova, I will go with her,” she noted.
As it was reported earlier, the Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the President of the Council of Europe can make such a request.
Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.
Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.