Imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has written a will and is losing hope for a “happy ending,” according to his cousin Nataliya Kaplan in a recent Facebook post.
Jailed in northern Russia, Sentsov has been on a hunger strike for 120 days demanding that Moscow release its Ukrainian political prisoners.
"I no longer believe that I will soon walk free and that we will all live happily in Kyiv,” Kaplan quoted Sentsov as writing in a letter he sent her from prison.
"There's a fog inside my head – everything is spinning, my body, my head, and my limbs are going numb," wrote Sentsov, according to Kaplan.
Sentsov, 42, is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia after being convicted of terrorism in a trial that human rights organizations consider to be politically motivated.
“To all the old special effects, hypoxia – a shortage of oxygen in the organs, mainly the heart and brain – has been added... My circulatory system is not handling the job of supplying oxygen to the organism,” Sentsov wrote.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mariana Betsa recently called for increased international pressure on Russia to release Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh.
/By Li Ping Luo