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Sentsov's 'yes' to supporting therapy could be voluntary, - sister

His health conditions badly deteriorate; without the therapy, he may not make it until FIFA World Cup kicks off, Natalya Kaplan says
13:54, 1 June 2018

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As Oleg Sentsov keeps the hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian jails, his current health conditions go from bad to worse. So there's a chance that his decision to agree on the supporting therapy was voluntary. Natalya Kaplan, Sentsov's sister said this in her interview with Radio NV, Ukraine's radio station. 

'Oleg previously said he lost some hair and teeth. Besides, he suffers heart and joints issues; the joints badly suffer in the climatic conditions of Arctic Russia... I do not rule out that the decision was the voluntary one. Because without the supporting therapy, he may not see the start of the World Cup, it's just unreal', she said.

Kaplan added that the supporting therapy does not equal quitting the hunger strike.

More information about his health will be available on June 4, when Sentsov meets his lawyer.

As it is known, 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.

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Ukrainian political prisoner 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.

On May 31, another Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko joined Sentsov, announcing hunger strike as well. He demands to set Sentsov free.

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