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No need to worry, - Sentsov's mother about his health

May 10, 2019 marks five years since the Ukrainian filmmaker was detained
11:39, 10 May 2019

Sentsov's mother Lyudmyla
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Mother of the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov told that she talks to her son once a month for 20 minutes. Lyudmyla Sentsova said that in an interview for Hromadske.

According to her, the political prisoner mainly asks about his children, their studying and interests. When asked about his health condition, he always replies that everything is fine.

“He is working out, he is doing better, takes vitamins and takes care of himself, no need to worry. So there is no need to ask. Speaking of the children, he asks about every single detail – their health, their studying, who Vlad (Oleg’s son) dates, who he is friends with. 20 minutes is not enough for us,” Lyudmyla Sentsova said.

Related: Collection of Ukraine's political prisoner Sentsov's stories published in German

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. 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.

Related: He feels normally, - lawyer about Sentsov
 

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.

Related: Creators of 'Mr.Jones' film urge Russia to release Sentsov

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