Russian ombudsperson Moskalkova says Denisova went to visit Sentsov in violation of prior agreement

Russian ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova says that by attempt to visit Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov in Labytnangi prison (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of the Russian Federation) on June 15, Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova has allegedly violated the agreement they previously reached.

"According to the agreement between the presidents (of Russia and Ukraine – Ed.), two ombudspersons - I and Denisova from Ukraine - can visit citizens. Visit citizens in custody: me – in Ukraine, she - here. In violation of our agreement, Denisova has left for Salekhard, where Sentsov is held," Krym.Realii quoted Moskalkova as saying, Censor.NET reports.

She confirmed that Denisova had phoned her demanding to let her visit Sentsov.

"I have just asked the Federal Penitentiary Service to submit a written statement on his current health condition," Moskalkova said.

The Russian ombudsperson added that she would "be working out a compromise" with her Ukrainian counterpart.

"I hope that we will be able to find common ground and I will be able to visit Vyshynskyi in Kherson," Russia’s human rights commissioner said.

The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Denisova 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.

The chief of Russian Labytnangi-based correctional facility where Sentsov is held granted Denisova no permission to visit the filmmaker on June 15.

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/n3071700