Denisova: Senstov Ends Hunger Strike

She demands to be allowed to visit Sentsov


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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov has eneded his hunger strike, but the only confirmation that Ukraine has from Russia is verbal, as no medical certificates have been provided, wrote Liudmila Denisova, Ukraine’s human rights commissioner, on Facebook.

“Russia says it verbally, without medical certificates. This (the ending of the hunger strike) is not true. They would not ‘persuade’ him then to stop the hunger strike and would not constantly pressurize him psychologically. A person with such goals, with such a strong will, devotion and sincerety to the Ukrainian position, could not have given up,” she said.

“Recovering after the hunger strike. This process is even more complicated and worse than the hunger strike itself, and I am deeply convinced that Russia does not provide Sentsov with proper medical support. I demanded to send him highly-skilled specialists earlier, but the Kremlin did not do that.”

According to Denisova, Russia says that Sentsov’s health is “satisfactory.”

“I call on Russia to save Ukrainian’s life!  I demand that he be given the best independent medical specialists who will complete his full medical examination. I want to see the conclusion about Oleh Sentsov’s health. In addition, it is the professional nutritionists-specialists who have to develop a hunger strike scheme. We can bring these doctors from Ukraine or Europe.”

Denisova ends her post by saying that Russia must accelerate the process of her admission to see Sentsov. She is ready to go to Labytnangi penal colony, where Sentsov is being held, today.

Sentsov, along with Oleksandr Kolchenko, were arrested by Russian security services in May 2014 on charges of alleged preparation of terrorist attacks on the Crimean peninsula. A Russian court sentenced Sentsov to 20 years and Kolchenko to 10 years in prison.

On May 14, Sentsov started an indefinite hunger strike demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners jailed in Russia and in annexed Crimea.

Source UATV
date 05.10.2018
categories Prisoners of Kremlin
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