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Sentsov sends letter, saying he will not surender, - Automaidan activist

The Ukrainian political prisoner sent his friend Oleksiy Hrytsenko a letter from behind the bars
08:40, 5 September 2018

Radio Svoboda

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner wrote a letter to Oleksiy Hrytsenko, his friend and the member of Automaidan movement. There's a line where Sentsov says he is 'not going to surrender', Hrytsenko said.

'Me and Natalya Lukyanenko got a letter from Oleg. He's holding out fine. He is not going to surrender and he asks us not to give up in any case, either. He lost weight down to 72 kilograms', the activist wrote on Facebook.

The political prisoner asks people to send him the letters, too, because that's the only source of information he has access to.

'Oleg plans to see us and give us a hug at some good restaurant one day. But with all the positive mood, we should keep in mind that it is tough for Oleg now; his health is irrevocably damaged, and it remains unclear when he can return home and see his children,' reads the message.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian political prisoner, is in a critical condition. Guterres is concerned about his state, as Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson of UN Secretary-General, said.

'Secretary-General is concerned about Sentsov’s state who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days, and who is in a critical condition. The Secretary-General raises this question when he contacts the Russian authorities,' Dujarric stated.

As is known, 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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