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Negotiations on visits to Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia have stalled, - ombudswoman

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denysova reported that head of colony refused to answer the question about Sentsov’s state and asked her to leave the territory of prison
13:17, 15 June 2018

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denysova, who came to Labytnangi, Tymen Oblast, Russia to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, claimed that the negotiations with Russian side on the visits to the Ukrainians detained in Russia have stalled as the press service of the ombudswoman reported.

“The administration of the penal colony where Sentsov is prisoned strongly rejected Lyudmyla Denysova in the visit of the detained and provision of the information on his health without explanation. Taking into account such actions of the Russian side, the negotiations on the monitoring visits to Russia have stalled as the ombudswoman noted,” the message said.

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Earlier Denysova reported that head of colony refused to answer the question about Sentsov’s state and asked her to leave the territory of prison. She also reported that she called Russian Commissioner for Human Rights due to the refusal.

Russian ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova claimed that the presence of Denysova in Labytnangi violates earlier reached agreements.

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Lyudmyla Denysova to Labytnangi in the morning of June 15. On June 14, during the negotiations in Russia, she insisted on the meeting with prisoner Sentsov in the near time and refuse from the offer to postpone the meeting after June 22.

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.

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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.

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