Freedom or death? Sentsov was on a hunger strike

Свобода или смерть? Сенцов объявил голодовку

Ukrainian political prisoner on hunger strike in a Russian prison and calls for the release of all wrongfully convicted of Ukrainians. It can start to feed forcibly.

Ukrainian film Director Oleg Senov was illegally convicted in Russia in 2015. He was sentenced to 20 years in a strict regime for the organization of the terrorist community. Supposedly in the spring of 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, he organized the arson of the doors in the office of the “Russian community of Crimea”, and Windows in the building branch of “United Russia” in Simferopol.

Sentsov pleaded not guilty, the case considers politically motivated. Perhaps the most famous of Sentsov detained in Russia Ukrainian political prisoners.

In his defense vystupali in different countries, organized numerous actions. found out that after waiting for now.

Why is starving?

Sentsov kept in a colony “the polar bear” in the town of Labytnangi in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district. In a letter to his sister Natalia Kaplan Sentsov told that “slowly and irreversibly loses health” in the colony.

“Received a letter from Oleg. Sends greetings and says that he was all right. Although he writes that he has teeth crumble and fall out hair. Notes that there health is lost slowly, but irrevocably,” said the sister of the Director.

Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze claims that his client was preparing to hunger strike for two months, abandoning gear and physically preparing your body.

Version Dinze, Sentsov was on a hunger strike right now, because counting on the international outcry on the eve of the world Championship on football which will pass in Russia.

The only condition for ending the hunger strike Sentsov called the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners who are on the territory of the Russian Federation. “Together to the end! Glory to Ukraine”, – wrote Sentsov in a note to the head of the colony.

Now, according to the lawyer, Sentsov was transferred to an isolated cell, where he was watching the doctors: “as far As I can tell, Oleg only drinks water. Anyway, he said he will go to the end and if his demands are not met, it is ready to a fatal outcome”.

The reaction step.

Parliament Commissioner for human rights Lyudmila Denisova has appealed to the Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova with a request to personally inspect the conditions of detention of the convicted person illegally in Russia Sentsov.

In addition, Denisov sent a letter to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin, a request to entrust the Consulate of Ukraine in Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation) to make a visit to a correctional facility, which is now Sentsov, and to check the conditions of detention and medical care provided to him.

President Petro Poroshenko urged the international community to continue pressure on the Kremlin to secure the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.

“I urge the international community to continue to pressure the Kremlin to the Ukrainian political prisoners as quickly as possible back home to their families,” wrote the head of state in Twitter.

In Berlin at the Embassy of the Russian Federation held a picket in support of political prisoners Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and Stanislaus Cliche.

“We believe it necessary to come out here today, almost exactly 4 years later, I was arrested Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov, and to demonstrate its solidarity, it is important for those who are sitting, we should not be indifferent”, – said the activist of the Berlin friedericke fryer.

She and other activists have expressed concern over the news that Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike.

Exchange no

According to the Ministry of justice of Ukraine, illegally detained in Russia Ukrainian 64.

Negotiations for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in the dead end. The representative of Ukraine in negotiations on settlement of the situation in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko said that there has been no progress regarding the release of the hostages.

“There is no progress in the release of hostages and search for missing. That was a huge concern, especially given the recent disturbing news about the deteriorating health of our political prisoners and hostages, declared Sentsov fasting, prolonged fasting of Baluja”, – said Gerashchenko.

Will forcibly feed?

Russian legislation States that a prisoner on hunger strike can be applied “measures, including coercive measures aimed at maintaining health”, it is necessary to have a medical report. What coercive measures, the law is not specified.

Lawyer Dmitry Dinze insists that prison officials may not prevent a prisoner from starving and have no right to feed him forcibly: “if an inmate gets really bad, he prescribed a drip of saline and glucose, but if the man and then begins to eat, he will soon die.”

The average severe consequences for the organism comes after 30-40 days after the refusal of food — provided that a starving man drinks water in sufficient quantity.

Soviet dissident Anatoly Marchenko on August 4, 1986, while in custody, went on hunger strike to demand the release of all Soviet political prisoners. Marchenko force-fed, but he continued to refuse food for a period of 117 days. After 12 days after the hunger strike he went to the hospital, where he died from cardiovascular failure. After that, the Soviet Union began the process of releasing political prisoners.