"He survived the second breakdown in health about a week ago. After he felt sick, they wanted to hospitalize him to start comprehensive force-feeding, in order to give him more nutrient mixture. He gave no consent and they left him in prison on condition that he would take the mixture on his own under the supervision of a doctor. He takes two spoons a day. They hold him in the prison infirmary. He’s got no intent to end his hunger strike. He says: ‘I mill continue [hunger-striking] as long as I can’," the lawyer said.
Ukrainian filmmaker was also very surprised that the massive campaign to support Ukrainian political prisoners launched by Ukrainian authorities and ombudsperson Liudmyla Denisova died down.
"Sentsov believes that the Ukrainian side should steamroll the release of other political prisoners more intensively," the lawyer said.
Sentsov also asked to say hello to "Crimean saboteur" Yevhen Panov and Volodymyr Balukh.
Picture of the infirmary where Sentsov is held
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.