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Ukraine's ombudswoman gets Russia's letter on Sentsov, no medical certificate attached

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denisova questioned the reliability of the information
14:22, 28 September 2018

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova has received a letter from Mikhail Fedotov, the adviser of Russia’s president that reveals the health state of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, as the press service of ombudswoman reported.

According to Fedotov, Sentsov is under outpatient monitoring due to the locomotor system disease. Today is the 138th day of his hunger strike and the individual dynamic medical monitoring is established.

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Fedotov claims that the filmmaker gets the food mixture and daily infusion therapy.

“The last panel of the doctors of Labytnangi city hospital took place on September 12. They estimated the health state of Oleg as stable, without a negative dynamic. The doctors state that his life is out of danger, there are no grounds for the forcible nutrition. The next examination of Sentsov’s health should take place on October 3. Then the panel of the doctors of Labytnangi city hospital will gather again,” the adviser wrote.

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In her turn, Denisova claimed that she does not believe in the provided information.

“Fedotov assures me and all Ukrainians that the medical provision of Oleg takes place in the accordance with their legislation and there is not special (negative) attitude against him. But I am sure that those common doctors are not independent, and they do not fulfill Hippocratic Oath faithfully. The evidence is that Oleg has already refused from them due to the horrible attitude,” she wrote.

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She also emphasized that any supporting documents were sent with the letter.

“The medical certificate could convince that Oleg is fine. Exactly because of this Lyudmyla Denisova insists on the creation of the independent doctors’ commission that will provide its conclusion in the written form. Such a document, according to Denisova, could show that Oleg Sentsov, his life, and health are out of danger,” the message said.

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Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed the necessity to make more efforts to release Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh during his speech at UNGA.

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crisis; 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 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.

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