Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov, who is kept in a Russian prison, wrote a letter to the Russian human rights activists Nikolay and Tatyana Shchur. The letter is dated August 29, the activists received it on September 4, as Tatyana Shchur stated on her Facebook page.
“Dear friends! We got Sentsov’s letter as of August 29. Rather quick response as he received our letter on August 29. Oleg wrote that lately kind of “lost his patience”. FSIN-pismo is working. The letters are delivered fast, several a day. He doesn’t write anything about his health, though he always writes that there is no need to worry about him. Generally, everything is like always. But, here is what’s important. He thanks to everyone who helps him, especially those who are doing something for the people, because of whom Sentsov is in prison,” she stated.
In his letter, Sentsov also asks not to do “anything wrong” without his consent and cited several cases when things in wrappers and letters were seized as they were delivered with a violation of prison regime.
As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
The native of Crimea, film director and political activist, 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.