Ombudsperson Denisova fails to visit Sentsov: "We were told to leave prison"

The chief of Russian Labytnangi-based correctional facility, where Crimea-born Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov is held, gave Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova no consent to visit the filmmaker on June 15.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the ombudsperson’s post on Facebook, the prison chief did not explain why he denied her access to Sentsov.

Denisova called her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova to clarify the situation.

The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights earlier said she was going to visit Sentsov in the Russian prison.

Even earlier, Ukrainian and Russian presidents agreed a list of prisoners to be visited by ombudspersons in both countries. Following her trip to the Russian Federation, Denisova intends to visit remand prison in Simferopol - the capital city of the temporarily occupied Crimea.

As reported, Sentsov is serving a sentence in the maximum security labor camp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. This prison's inmates are serving sentences for commission of grave and especially grave crimes.

Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years and 10 years in prison respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.

Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her brother reported on his failing health in a letter. He in particular said that he is losing his hair and has his teeth crumbling into small pieces.

On May 14, 2018, the fillmmaker said he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3071630