"Oleh believes it would be total failure if he alone gets freedom," - cousin visits Sentsov in Russian prison

Natalia Kaplan, a cousin-sister of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, visited him in the Russian prison in the city of Labytnangi in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of the Russian Federation.

As reported by Censor.NET, Natalia told Hromadske news outlet that she last saw Oleh in Rostov-on-Don in 2014, when his verdict was read out.

"I visited Oleh Sentsov. We talked for two hours. It was a short-term visit. Oleh now weighs 75 kg while he is 190 cm tall. He lost 15 kg during the hunger strike," Kaplan said.

Natalia told Oleh that Emir-Usein Kuku (Crimean Tatar prisoner of the Kremlin) joined the hunger strike and elaborated on the campaign in his support. "He is very grateful for tremendous effort to save him, grateful that people do not give up and keep struggling. However, he is very upset by the lack of attention paid to other political prisoners and believes that it would be total failure if he alone gets freedom," she said.

According to her, Sentsov asks all those who come to visit him in Labytnangi to visit other political prisoners instead.

"Namely, he asks [Liudmyla] Denisova (Ukrainian ombudsperson - Ed.), independent doctors, who tried to visit him, consuls, archbishop Klement, that they visit other political prisoners, so that no one forgets about them," Kaplan said.

She added that Sentsov's health condition is satisfactory, but the lab results are not very good, although they show "nothing life-threatening."

"He was very sick yesterday but is okay today. He came to see me on foot. His condition worsens by the evening. He says he feels much better now. The hardest time was the first three weeks of the hunger strike. They now give him IV infusion drips thanks to which he is still alive. He does not intend to end the hunger strike saying he will go all the way and that he believes in victory. He is optimistic about it. He believes that this will not be in vein," Sentsov’s cousin says.

According to her, the only entertainment available to him is television. He also writes and edits his old recordings. Sentsov asked not to send him books, which he already has plenty of.

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 cousin-sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her cousin 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/n3074959