UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian political prisoner, is in a critical condition. Guterres is concerned about his state, as Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson of UN Secretary-General, said, Pryamiy reports.
“Secretary-General is concerned about Sentsov’s state who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days, and who is in a critical condition. The Secretary-General raises this question when he contacts the Russian authorities,” Dujarric stated.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced a 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.