Ukraine's political prisoner Sentsov writes his health and mood are fine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's filmmaker, kept in the Russian prison, asks not to worry about him
08:19, 22 January 2019


Ukrainian political prisoner and movie maker Oleg Sentsov wrote a letter, where he told about his health condition, as the human rights activist Tetyana Shchur reported on Facebook.

“We received a letter from Oleg Sentsov, where he notes that he has almost returned to normal nutrition after his hunger strike. He wrote that his health and mood are fine, that he is doing sport and has almost gained his normal weight. Given the fact that he used three pens over January, everything is fine with his creative activities,” the message says.

Sentsov's letter
Facebook Tetyana Shchur

She specified that one should consider his word “fine” carefully as Sentsov never complains.

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Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reason. According to Sentsov's lawyer, 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.  

He announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. During the time of his hunger strike, Sentsov has survived four health crises. 

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The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. The Russian side has 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 occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him. 

One more Ukrainian activist, a native of Crimea, Oleksandr Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in a prison as part of the same criminal case of the so-called "Crimean terrorists."

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