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Cease of Sentsov's hunger strike means he is in critical condition, - Ombudsman

Lyudmyla Denisova demands that Russia let her visit the political prisoner
18:31, 5 October 2018

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The fact that Oleg Sentsov stopped his hunger strike means that he is in a critical condition, as Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook.

“Russia assured that his health condition was satisfactory without any certificates. It’s not true. They would have not “persuaded” him to stop the hunger strike and would have not put psychological pressure on the political prisoner. A person with such goals, which such will, commitment and sincere pro-Ukrainian position could not give up,” Denisova stated.

The Ombudsman demanded that the best independent experts examine Sentsov.

Related: Sentsov 'stable', doctors make amendments in treatment program, - Russian ombudswoman

“I urge Russia to save the life of the Ukrainian! I demand that he is provided with the best independent medical experts who would examine him. I want to see a report on Sentsov’s health condition. Besides, professional diet experts have to develop a system of bringing him back to a full-fledge consumption. We can bring these experts from Ukraine or Europe. I demand that Russia accelerate the process to let me visit Oleg Sentsov. I have to personally make sure that nothing threatens his life now. If necessary, I will go to Labytnangi prison today,” Denisova added.

Reportedly, Mikhail Fedotov, the Advisor of Russia’s President, Chairman of the Presidential Council on the development of civil society and human rights, confirmed the fact that Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike.

Related: Heart failure, rheumatism, kidney problems, - lawyer on Sentsov's state

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.

Related: Sentsov not be exchanged for Russians kept in U.S., - State Department source

Earlier today, Russian envoy for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova said that Sentsov was 'in a stable condition;' according to her, his treatment program was amended, after the recent examination several days ago.

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