Sentsov is used as product, auction takes place, - sister

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is the 95th day of Sentsov's hunger strike
11:48, 16 August 2018

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Natalia Kaplan, Oleg Sentsov’s sister, believes that her brother is being used as a product and now an auction is happening, as she informed Radio Liberty.

“Oleg is certainly being used as a product now. An auction is taking place. I don’t know how this will end. It’s sad… He is just like a bargaining chip,” she said.

Related: UN urges Russia release Sentsov immediately

At the same time, she stressed that Sentsov was not going to ask Putin for pardon.

Kaplan also informed that the Ukrainian political prisoner talked with his mother on the phone and he had a crisp voice. Yet, she reminded that her brother never complains about his health condition and asks not to frighten mother.

Related: Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

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.

Related: Sentsov himself should ask for pardon, - Russian president administration

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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