Stanislav Klykh, the political prisoner illegally held in Russian custody announced a hunger strike. According to his lawyer Tatyana Shchur, the man protests against severe detention conditions.
'He just can't stand this anymore: that cold in the cell, that bad food, which makes him nauseous, and the oblivion is the worst thing', she posted on Facebook.
Klykh was detained in Russia in September 2014, when he came to Russia to visit his pregnant girlfriend.
The Russian jury said Klykh and another Ukrainian political activist, Mykola Karpyuk both allegedly joined the Viking unit, which fought on the side of Chechen nationalists as they sought independence from Russia in the 1990s. The jury accused Karpyuk and Klykh of killing and wounding dozens of Russian servicemen. Klykh was sentenced to 20 years in prison.