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Jailed Sentsov writes script for new film after 145 days of hunger strike

It will be the story of a prison and inmates' life there, - Deputy Head of Russian Penitentiary Service
08:48, 8 October 2018

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Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker, the political prisoner of the Kremlin started working on a new film scenario. Izvestiya outlet reported this on Monday morning.

'He already started working on the future film. It will be the story of a prison and the inmates; so his inspiration stays with him,' Valeriy Maksimenko, the deputy director of the Russian federal penitentiary service, noted.

As is known, the EU asks Russia to duly treat Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov - and eventually release him. Maja Kocijancic, the press secretary of the European External Action Service (EEAS) reported this as quoted by the service. 'Oleg Sentsov was jailed for alleged activities conducted on the Crimean Peninsula, the illegal annexation of which by the Russian Federation he strongly opposes. The EU considers the case to be in breach of international law and elementary standards of justice. Oleg Sentsov has shown incredible courage, determination, and selflessness during his 145 days of hunger strike,' the service reports.

Related: EU demands appropriate treatment for Kremlin hostage Sentsov

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reasons. According to the lawyer of Sentsov, the decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and penitentiary facility workers issued an ultimatum to Sentsov, suggesting that he either voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to be force-fed.

Citing Valeriy Maksimenko, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation (FSIN), the Russian media reported that Sentsov had stopped the hunger strike and the nutritionists developed a special diet for him.

Sentsov stays in the Russian penal colony of Labytnangi, judged to 20 years behind the bars. He was arrested on bogus terrorism charges in May 2014, just three months after Russian soldiers descended upon the peninsula. The filmmaker has refused to seek a pardon from Russian President Putin, maintaining his innocence.

Related: Amnesty International considers forced feeding of Sentsov 'torture'

 

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