"Oleh Sentsov has stopped his hunger strike. This means that he is in critical condition. Russia, only verbally, without any medical certificates, assured us that his physical condition was satisfactory. It's not true. They would not have 'persuaded' him into stopping his hunger strike and would not have exerted psychological pressure on him. A person with such goals, with such will, devotion and a sincere Ukrainian position, could not give up," Denisova wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
She noted that the process of ending the hunger strike is even more complicated and worse than the hunger strike itself. "I am deeply convinced that Russia does not provide him with proper medical care. I have demanded earlier that he be provided with highly qualified specialists, but the Kremlin has never done it," she said.
Denisova called on Russia "to preserve the life of the Ukrainian" and "to provide him with the best independent medical specialists who will conduct his full medical checkup."
"I want to see the conclusion about Oleh Sentsov's health. Only professional nutritionists have to work out a scheme for bringing him out of the hunger strike. We can bring these doctors from Ukraine or Europe. I demand that Russia speed up the process of granting me access to Oleh Sentsov. I have to personally make sure that nothing endangers his life. If necessary, I will come to the Labytnangi colony even today, "she said.
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 Oleh 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 went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.