The mother of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko spent three days with her son in a penal colony in Kopeysk, Chelyabinsk region of the Russian Federation. Niece of Kolchenko, Anastasia, reported this on her Facebook page.
According to her, on June 10, the mother of the political prisoner left the colony after a long-term meeting, which lasted for three days. This was their fifth meeting in captivity.
“Sasha feels well, as usual, he doesn’t complain about anything. He was waiting for this meeting to recall the taste of homemade food, prepared by his mother’s hands. He actually doesn’t read the Russian media, except for Novaya Gazeta, from which the administration still cuts out and paint over articles with "prohibited information," Anastasia wrote.
The girl noted that Kolchenko asked many questions about family, friends, the situation in the world, about Ukraine and Crimea.
“When it got warmer, he began to go for walks, play volleyball and just go to the gym more often. Together with a lawyer, he is going to write a petition about changing the detention regime. He also sends greetings to everyone and asks them to write letters,” the message reads.
As we reported, Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by the special services of the Russian Federation in May 2014 in Crimea. They were accused of organizing terrorist attacks on the peninsula. In the summer of 2015, Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in a strict regime colony, Sentsov to 20 years. Both of them deny their guilt.
At the end of July 2018, Kolchenko was given a three-day meeting with his mother.