The death of Oleg Sentsov will be a disgrace to Russia, according to the members of the literary human rights association "Svobodnoye Slovo" (Free Word), the St. Petersburg PEN club and members of the Free Historical Society, who made a statement "Save Oleg Sentsov." The list of signatories is published on the website of the newspaper of Russian schollars "Troitsky variant".

“The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, sentenced to twenty years, is recognized by the human rights movement "Memorial" as a political prisoner, who is right now on an unlimited hunger strike, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. People, who know Sentsov, are confident that he will go to the end. We demand to transport Sentsov to his homeland - to Ukraine. The death of Oleg Sentsov would be a disgrace to Russia and forever stain those who could save him, but did not," reads the statement.

The authors of the document also appealed to the participants of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum to support the statement.

Among those who signed the appeal are the Nobel Prize winner in literature Svetlana Aleksievich, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Viktor Shenderovich, Veronika Dolina, Boris Sokolov and others.

Earlier the lawyer of Sentsov said that the prisoner intends to go to the end in a hunger strike.

QHA reported that Sentsov started the hunger strike on May 14, demanding that the Russian authorities release 64 Ukrainian political prisoners.

Source: Troitsky variant