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Plea for pardon Sentsov passed to commission

Natalia Kaplan, Sentsov's sister, had doubts that her brother would be released soon as the Russian side did not react on the previous appeals at all
10:26, 9 August 2018

Radio Svoboda

Dmytro Dinze, the lawyer of the Ukrainian political prisoner, passed a plea for mercy from Oleg’s mother to the commission on pardon on the territory of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, as Hromadske reports.

“I can’t say it will accelerate the process as they did not react on all the previous ones at all,” Natalia Kaplan, Sentsov’s sister, said.

According to her, at first, the plea for pardon was sent to the Russian President’s Administration, but no response followed, though they promised to consider it.

Earlier, Natalia Kaplan, sister of Oleg Sentsov stated that she received a letter from the Ukrainian. Sentsov said he is not getting up from a bed and the end is near.

Related: Sentsov’s condition is stable, - office of Russian Ombudsman

Reportedly, Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian intelligence agencies in Crimea on May 2018. Later he was sentenced to 20 years of the colony under the accusation of terrorist activity on the territory of Crimea. Oleg does not admit his guilt. 

Sentsov declared a hunger strike with a requirement to release all Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation. 

At the end of June, Ludmyla Denisova claimed that a priest wasn’t allowed to visit Sentsov.  

Reportedly, Kolchenko declared a hunger strike on May 31, requiring the release of Oleg Sentsov. He had to suspend the strike, as he got very weak. 

Related: Ukrainian MFA calls partners to increase pressure on Russia due to Sentsov’s condition

Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, Sentsov to 20 years. Both are denying their guilt.

Recently, Sentsov’s lawyer stated on the deterioration of his condition. He has a very low hemoglobin, which led to anemia, as well as a very low pulse. Oleg has a bad heart, he was asked twice to be taken to a hospital.

However, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Yamalo-Nenets County claimed that the medical staff examines Sentsov on daily basis, and his condition is satisfactory. Furthermore, according to the lawyer of the political prisoner, the Chief Doctor of the Hospital in Labytnangi city was threatening Oleg Sentsov by tying up and drugging him with medicine and artificial nutrition.  

Related: Ombudsman ready to discuss conditions of Sentsov exchange with Russia

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