Ukrainian political prisoner and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has written a new novel in the Russian prison as Iryna Gerashchenko, the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, reported on her Facebook page.
“I got a letter from Oleg Sentsov. There are the keywords for the Ukrainians and the world: “I am not going to be discouraged or even more to despond, I cannot oblige them! Generally, I am not going to stop neither my creative nor my public activity.”
Oleg states that he continues working a lot, and he finished a new novel at the end of December 2018. He waits that this year the collection of his stories, a novel will be published and the shooting of the film or the theater play on his scenario will begin,” Gerashchenko reported.
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 the lawyer of Sentsov, 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. Sentsov has already survived four health crises.
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, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.