The Russian government denied to let Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova contact political prisoner Oleg Sentsov in the video conference mode. Denysova herself posted this on Facebook on Monday morning.
It was the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's request to let Denisova talk to Sentsov in this mode, and the Russian side refused.
'Lawyers and Russian authorities provide contradicting pieces of information about conditions of Sentsov and (Volodymyr) Balukh. They are said to be at a hunger strike, or - vice versa, that they ceased to starve and now gain weight due to taking nutrition mixtures. They turned down the request to speak to Sentsov and provided no photos', the Ukrainian official wrote. 'This raises huge concerns and the mistrust. I should see Sentsov and Balukh on my own as they continue to starve. I should meet Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh, Roman Sushchenko... I demand that Russia let me visit the Ukrainian political prisoners!'.
On June 25, Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland is expected to file an official petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin for pardoning the Ukrainian movie director.
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.