Ukraine's Justice Ministry turned to the European Court for Human Rights, asking to oblige the Russian government to let Ukrainian ombudswoman see Oleg Sentsov, the starving political prisoner. Pavlo Petrenko, the justice minister posted this on Facebook.
'Our team has filed an appeal to the ECHR - in the interests of Oleg Sentsov. Our first priority task is to provide the Ukrainian side (starting with the paliamentary envoy for human rights Lyudmyla Denisova) the access to Oleg's whereabouts, and the information about his current health state', Petrenko wrote.
He added that usually, the Court makes such decisions within 24 hours.
According to the minister, as of today, the only available information about Sentsov;'s conditions is the statements by Tatyana Moskalkova, the Russian ombudswoman, who said Sentsov actually gained weight. However, these statements are not confirmed yet. According to Denisova, such claims could mean that Sentsov might be fed forcefully.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov convicted in Russia declined the offer of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to stop the hunger strike. Sentsov’s lawyer Dmytro Dinze claimed this as Interfax reported.
According to Dinze, Sentsov asked to say “big hello” to the urge of the ECHR and reminded about his complaint prioritized by the court but left without consideration for a few years.
As it was reported earlier, 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.