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Ukraine's ombudswoman demands that Russia provide official updates on Sentsov's health conditions

Russian officials cannot deny or confirm whether the Ukrainian political prisoner continues his hunger strike
21:10, 9 October 2018

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Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliamentary Envoy for Human Rights demanded that the Kremlin provide the latest official updates on the current health conditions of Ukraine's filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. She posted this on Facebook.

'I don't know why Russia can't find out a simple thing - if the Ukrainian starves or not. The information contradicted yet on Friday morning, but the aggressor's officials cannot either deny or confirm it for four days straight,' Denisova wrote.

She turned to her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova, demanding to provide the official updates with the respective documentation that proves the information.

Earlier on Tuesday, Anatoliy Sak, the Ombudsman in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of Russia, said that Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov did not stop his hunger strike, as TASS reports. “I officially declare, there was no official statement on ceasing Sentsov’s hunger strike… He… is still on the hunger strike,” the news agency cites Sak. According to him, Sentsov’s condition is “relatively satisfactory.”

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As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner, announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov has already survived three health crisis; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.

The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.

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