Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, who is now 87 days into a hunger strike in a Russian prison, cannot stand and may die soon, according to his cousin Natalya Kaplan.
After receiving a letter from Sentsov via his lawyer, Kaplan posted on Facebook on August 8, stating: “Everything is not just bad, it is catastrophically bad.”
“The end is close, and that does not mean freedom,” Kaplan wrote, citing the letter.
Kaplans adds that Sentsov is living in an “informational vacuum” as he is not receiving any letters and “does not know what is going on.”
On August 7, Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze commented to Hromadske on his client’s poor health following a visit to the Siberian prison where he is currently being held. According to Dinze, Sentsov is suffering from heart problems and anaemia.
Dinze also stated that Sentsov has already refused twice to be moved to a hospital out of fear of further problems it may cause. Sentsov “simply cannot endure the transfer and could die,” his lawyer told Hromadske.
The filmmaker is currently serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for fabricated terrorism charges and has been on hunger strike since May 14, demanding the release of all of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners.
/By Sofia Fedeczko