Political prisoner Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov went on an indefinite hunger strike, the journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported on his Facebook page.
“Oleg Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike, the only demand of which he called the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. He was preparing to it for a month and a half, he refused the food parcels, the shop and ate very little. He lost weight, and prepared the body for a hunger strike.”
Naumlyuk noted that Sentsov wrote about the beginning of the hunger strike to the administration of the colony. He began to starve from May 14.
“He was persuaded to stop by the administration of the colony, by people from the Human Rights Council at the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN of Russia), but he replied that he did not even want to hear about it. "If I die before the championship or during it, this will be a resonance in favor of other political prisoners,” he told the lawyer Dmitry Dinze, who visited him in Labytnangi.
The Ukrainian political prisoner was isolated after the announcement of the hunger strike.
“A physician is watching him. He was warned that if the health worsens critically, he will be forcibly fed, but so far it's only about medicament feeding. At the same time, he has no claims to the colony.”
Naumlyuk further noted the possibility of attempts to represent Sentsov as insane.
“In case of attempts to represent him as insane (there is such a common practice of the FSIN to prevent hunger strikers) and send him to a psychiatric clinic, he recalled that the materials of his case contain the results of psycho-psychiatric examination, according to which he is completely sane.”
Earlier, Oleg Sentsov's sister Natalia Kaplan said that the Ukrainian political prisoner does not play for the public, and therefore achieving his release without "information" in the media is much more difficult. She clarified that the release of her brother would require the maximum political "pressure" not only of Ukraine, but of the entire international community.
Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian invaders in the Crimea for an active patriotic position and accused of terrorism.
Earlier QHA reported that the number of Ukrainian political prisoners in the Crimea and Russia increased to 68.