The Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia retracted the information about possible forced feeding of Ukraine's Oleg Sentsov. The authority's press service in Yamalo-Nenetsky district of the Russian Federation reported this on Tuesday evening.
'The information about possible forced feeding of inmate Oleg Sentsov, spread by a representative of the Civil Observation Mission in Moscow, is untrue', the message said.
The Service added that ever since Sentsov went on hunger strike, he was under constant dynamic medical surveillance. According to the authority, his health conditions remain satisfactory.
Earlier, Ivan Melnikov, the secretary of Moscow's Civil Observation Mission said that workers of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service would begin to feed Oleg Sentsov by force, if a direct threat to his life emerges. '100 days of hunger strike - it is exremely difficult to pass; of course, Sentsov must be taking nutrition mixtures, otherwise he would have deceased by now. The Federal Penitentiary Service has its own regulations, and if his life is in danger, they will feed him forcefully,' Melnikov said.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He annoiunched hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; 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 the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.