“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.
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.
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.
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.