Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova confirmed that the Ukrainian director and political prisoner of the Kremlin Oleg Sentsov stopped his hunger strike. The EU demands appropriate medical treatment for Sentsov.
Lyudmila Denisova wrote on her Facebook: “Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike, which means that he is in a critical condition, almost beyond.” According to her, Russia only says that his state of health is satisfactory and there are no medical certificates proving it. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite. The ombudsman noted that ending a hunger strike and recovering after it is the process even more complicated than the hunger strike itself.
“I am deeply convinced that the Russian Federation does not provide him with proper medical support, because I have already demanded earlier that he be provided with highly qualified medical specialists, but the Kremlin did not do it,” she added.
Ombudsman urged Russia to save Sentsov’s life. She requires that he be provided with the best independent medical professionals who will complete his full medical examination. She also stressed that she was waiting for her access to the political prisoner as soon as possible in order to personally verify that his life was in no danger.
The EU is outraged by Russia’s breach of international law and elementary standards of justice. In her Statement on the continued illegal detention of Oleg Sentsov, released October 7, Maja Kocijancic, the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, says: “Oleg Sentsov has shown incredible courage, determination and selflessness during his 145 days of hunger strike. His health has now deteriorated to a critical state. In refusing to provide him with appropriate medical treatment in an institutionalised medical setting, the authorities of the Russian Federation have violated his human rights as well as their own human rights commitments under international law, namely the European Court of Human Rights interim measure of 25 July this year.” Kocijancic stresses that the European Union “stands in solidarity with Oleg Sentsov and, in addition to swift and appropriate medical treatment, expects his immediate release, along with all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula”.
As of October 5, the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov was already hunger-striking for the 145th day. He was arrested in May 2014. In August 2015, he was sentenced to 20 years of a strict regime colony for allegedly preparing terrorist attacks in the annexed Crimea. On May 14, 2018, Sentsov declared a hunger strike demanding the release of all Ukrainians held by Russia. On September 18, the Supreme Council nominated Sentsov for the Nobel Peace Prize.