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Russia claims Sentsov looks 'quite healthy' despite 115 days of hunger strike

According to ombudsman of the Russian Okrug, Sentsov does not intend to stop the hunger strike and meet the human right activists and priests
16:25, 6 September 2018

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov looks “pretty healthy”, despite almost four-month hunger strike. Anatoly Sak, the Ombudsman in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug claimed this as Interfax reported.

“For a person who is in the hunger strike mode for 115 days, he looks pretty healthy. He is adequate, generally, he is calm. On a voluntary basis, he is served the pharmaceutical care. When I came to him, he was serving the intravenous therapy,” Sak said.

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According to ombudsman, Sentsov reported that he does not need anything, maintains contact with the lawyer and with the relatives by phone.

“I said him that the human right activists are heading to him and different priests want to visit him. Sentsov said that he does not need the meeting with the human right activists and representatives of different religious denominations. Literally: “I do not want to see anyone. The communication with my advocate and you is enough for me”,” the ombudsman said.

According to him, the Ukrainian does not intend to stop the hunger strike and he is ready to go to the end. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes.

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Earlier it became known that Russia refused the mother of Sentsov to pardon her son once more.

As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin. 

Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They 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 the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.

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Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.

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