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It was noted that if Russia’s authorities did not attack Ukraine, Sentsov would be a famous film director now.
“His short films and first feature-length film Gamer proved that he has everything he needs. He would walk on the red carpets of the film festivals, receive prizes, give interviews, improve his skills.”
As we reported earlier, the information that the European Court of Human Rights had restored the ‘priority status’ given to the case of Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were premature.
Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day (on October 5, 2019). The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reason. According to Sentsov's lawyer, 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.
He announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. During the time of his hunger strike, Sentsov has survived four health crises.
The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. The Russian side has 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 occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.