Prison staff tries to persuade Sentsov to stop hunger strike but he’ll never let them talk him into this, - lawyer Dinze

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov still expects to be released but the chance is increasingly slim.

Sentsov’s defender Dmitry Dinze said after paying a visit to his client in the Russian prison on Sept. 7, Censor.NET reports referring to Hromadske.

According to the lawyer, Sentsov's condition is stable, although the prison staff is concerned about his health.

"His health is on the brink of the irreversible changes. They are trying to break him so that he stops hunger strike. They say that the political arguments have allegedly already been exhausted and no one is interested in his hunger-striking anymore which is why it no longer makes sense," Dinze said.

According to the lawyer, these attempts cannot be identified as pressure but rather boring exhortations, which occur on a daily basis.

However, Sentsov is not going to stop the hunger strike despite all the attempts to persuade him.

Dinze says that his client looks the same as the recent pictures taken in the colony depict him. He is still given IVs and takes nutrient solutions.

"He certainly expects the relevant political decision (on his release - Ed.) to be made but the chance is increasingly slim... ," the lawyer said.

Sentsov has been already hunger-striking for 119 days now.

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/n3085248