"Just received a letter from Oleh which considerably cheered me up," the activist said.
"I feel better than a month ago, much better. My tests are certainly not very good but not as bad as they used to be. They also finally stopped keeping me on a drip at the end of last week. Now it’s mainly a diet, medical examinations and some pills to address minor health issues. So don't worry too much there, I have survived," Shchur quoted Sentsov’s letter.
"We can all breathe easier now," the human rights activist said commenting on the letter.
He also clarified that the letter was dated Oct. 29.
Sentsov, a Crimean native who opposed Russia's 2014 takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula, is serving a 20-year prison term after being convicted of terrorism in a trial that he, human rights groups, and Western governments contend was politically motivated.
He is currently imprisoned in the Far Northern Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia where he started a hunger strike on May 14, demanding that Russia release 64 Ukrainians that he considers political prisoners in Russia.
He ended his hunger strike on October 6, saying he had to do so to avoid being force-fed by the prison authorities.
On Oct. 25, the Ukrainian political prisoner was awarded by the European Parliament with its prestigious 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.