The administration of Labytnangi penal colony did not let Lyudmyla Denysova, the Ukrainian ombudswoman, visit Oleg Sentsov, who now serves time in Russia under the charges of preparing terrorist acts.
According to Denysova, she met with the colony's supervising officer; the meeting resulted in the denial to let her visit the inmate.
'They told me I cannot under any circumstances meet Oleg Sentsov. They said nothing about the particular reason why they denied', the ombudswoman said.
As is known, Denysova headed to Russia in order to meet the Ukrainian political prisoners. The Russian side offered to arrange the visit after June 22. but Denysova categorically rejected this option, insisting to see Sentsov immediately.
Previously, the Ukrainian ombudswoman visited other Ukrainian political prisoners, Roman Sushchenko and Mykola Karpyuk.
As it is known, 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.
Ukrainian political prisoner 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.
Sentsov has been on hunger strike on 31 days in a row now.