"Oleh passed me a letter through his lawyer. He can barely get out of bed. He wrote he’s near the end. And it is not about his liberation at all. He asks if anyone still wonders how his hunger strike goes on. He does not get any letters at all! He says he is in an information vacuum and has no clue what is happening," she said.
"The ECHR insists on transferring [him] to a civil hospital as close to his place of residence as possible. Oleh rejects this idea saying that he will simply not survive the transportation while in Labytnangi-based civil hospital, which intensive care unit he has already been to, he gets bullied even more than in prison.
"This is Russia, baby ... and I have no idea what else to do and how to get him out... the things are really bad," Kaplan wrote.
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.