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Sentsov did not cease hunger strike, - Russian Ombudsman

According to Anatoliy Sak, the Ombudsman in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of Russia, Sentsov’s condition is “relatively satisfactory”
14:42, 9 October 2018

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Anatoliy Sak, the Ombudsman in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of Russia, said that Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov did not stop his hunger strike, as TACC reports.

“I officially declare, there was no official statement on ceasing Sentsov’s hunger strike… He… is still on the hunger strike,” the news agency cites Sak.

According to him, Sentsov’s condition is “relatively satisfactory.”

Related: Jailed Sentsov writes script for new film after 145 days of hunger strike

“I am going to visit him in November, I cannot come earlier,” Sak added.

At the same time, Interfax, referring to Anatoliy Sak, reported that Sentsov stopped the hunger strike and began to eat.

“According to the latest data, on October 5, Oleg Sentsov has officially appealed to the head of "White Bear" penal colony stating that he starts eating since October 6,” the news agency read referring to the Russian Ombudsman.

“Now he is eating under the doctors’ control in metered amount,” the Ombudsman noted.

Reportedly, Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reasons. According to the lawyer of Sentsov, 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: EU demands appropriate treatment for Kremlin hostage Sentsov


Citing Valeriy Maksimenko, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation (FSIN), the Russian media reported that Sentsov had stopped the hunger strike and the nutritionists developed a special diet for him.

Sentsov stays in the Russian penal colony of Labytnangi, judged to 20 years behind the bars. He was arrested on bogus terrorism charges in May 2014, just three months after Russian soldiers descended upon the peninsula. The filmmaker has refused to seek a pardon from Russian President Putin, maintaining his innocence.

Related: Amnesty International considers forced feeding of Sentsov 'torture'

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