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Sentsov is forced to terminate hunger strike, - lawyer

The colony is concerned about the health condition of Oleg Sentsov
11:48, 9 September 2018

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The condition of Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov is stable, the colony is concerned about his condition though. Sentsov's lawyer Dmytro Dinze claimed this in a commentary to Hromadske. 

'Most of all, the colony is concerned about Sentsov's condition, since they believe that he approaches irreversible changes. They try to break him, so he stops the hunger strike. They bet that allegedly political arguments are yet exhausted and nobody cares about his hunger strike, so it seems to be pointless,' he said. 

Related: Jury of Venice Film Festival calls Russia to release Sentsov

Dinze stressed that the colony does it in the view of persuasion, not pressure.  

As it was reported, Kolchenko declared a hunger strike on May 31, requiring the release of Oleg Sentsov. He had to suspend the strike, as he got very weak.  

Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, Sentsov to 20 years. Both are denying their guilt. 

Recently, Sentsov’s lawyer stated on the deterioration of his condition. He has a very low hemoglobin, which led to anemia, as well as a very low pulse. Oleg has a bad heart, he was asked twice to be taken to a hospital.  

Related: Petition in support for Sentsov gains 100,000 signatures

However, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Yamalo-Nenets County claimed that the medical staff examines Sentsov on daily basis, and his condition is satisfactory. Furthermore, according to the lawyer of the political prisoner, the Chief Doctor of the Hospital in Labytnangi city was threatening Oleg Sentsov by tying up and drugging him with medicine and artificial nutrition.    

Reportedly, earlier, Russian Ombudsman Tetiana Moskalkova claimed that Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov who is in Russian Labytnangi colony rejected the hospitalization due to the absence of illness and satisfactory conditions.  

Related: Sentsov writes letter to Russian human rights activists

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