Ukraine's parliamentary envoy for human rights Lyudmyla Denisova is on her way to Labytnangi penal colony (northern Russia) in order to visit Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner. She posted this on Facebook on Friday.
'We came to Salekhard, it's 22 kilometers away from Labytnangi, where they hold Oleg Sentsov. This is exactly where we're going now', she wrote.
As is known, Denisova headed to Russia in order to meet the Ukrainian political prisoners. The Russian side offered to arrange the visit after June 22. but Denisova 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.