The health status of the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, who stopped the hunger strike, is very grave, the cousin of the political prisoner Natalya Kaplan reported during a briefing today, October 16.
“Getting out of a hunger strike is quite a serious procedure, now nobody can say whether Oleg will survive,” she noted.
According to her, almost all internal organs of Sentsov were affected
during the hunger strike.
“As of now he has finished a hunger strike. This was done to avoid forced feeding ... He got out [of the hunger strike, Ed.] with very poor health.”
Kaplan stressed that the political prisoner's recent letters are very pessimistic, but she hopes that it will be possible to release him.
“He made out his will, he asks not to leave the children, he does not believe that he will come out ... Maybe he believes, but he is no longer waiting for it ... He is preparing to ensure that his works and his children can continue to live without him.”
Earlier, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova, reported that Oleg Sentsov had stopped the hunger strike. She noted that such a move means that the political prisoner was in a critical condition and demanded to speed up the process of her admission to Sentsov.
The political prisoner himself explained why he had to end his hunger strike, which he held for more than 140 days. According to Sentsov, forced feeding was to be applied, since he allegedly was no longer able to adequately assess his level of health and the risk he was facing.