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The end is near, - Sentsov writes to sister

According to Sentsov's sister, the European Court of Human Rights insists on his transfer to a civil hospital closer to the place of residence registration.
16:56, 8 August 2018

Radio Svoboda

The Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, illegally kept in Russia, wrote that the end was near. His sister Natalya Kaplan conveyed his words on Facebook.

“It’s not just bad, it’s critically bad. Oleg passed me a letter through the lawyer, he rarely stands up. He wrote that the end was near, and it is not about the release. He is asking if someone was still interested in his hunger strike, he is not receiving letters, not a one! They say he is in an informational vacuum now and he has no clue what is going on,” Kaplan wrote.

According to her, the European Court of Human Rights insists on his transfer to a civil hospital closer to the place of residence registration.

Related: Russian doctors promise to "stuff" Sentsov with artificial nutrition, - lawyer

“Oleg refused. He said he would not survive it. He was tortured in Labytnangi hospital even more than in prison. I don’t even imagine what else to do and how to get him out of there,” Sentsov’s sister added.

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. 

Related: Sentsov's health conditions 'satisfactory', - Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service

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.

Related: Graffiti with Sentsov, Kolchenko appears under mural with Putin in Simferopol

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