15:06 12.09.2018

Sentsov's condition stable - Russian human rights commissioner

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Sentsov's condition stable - Russian human rights commissioner

The health of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is serving his term in the Bely Medved penal colony in Yamal, is under constant supervision, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova told Interfax during her visit to Kaluga.

Sentsov's health is under supervision, in the same way as [the health of] any other person who goes on hunger strike, she said.

"According to the doctors' conclusion, his health state is now stable, there no aggravations. He is receiving nutritious mixtures intravenously and extra food with his consent," she said.

Moskalkova said she hopes that the filmmaker will change his form of protest as "there are other, more effective methods of protecting human rights."

Responding to a question from Interfax about the will recently written by Sentsov, she said "it is every person's individual business."

"I write wills, too, because we are all constantly at risk and no one knows what will happen to him tomorrow," Moskalkova said.

She said the filmmaker has not made any complaints to her about rude treatment and, on the contrary, said he is satisfied with the procedures and the living conditions.

"I visited him in person in Salekhard. I held two video conferences. I constantly get information on his health state. Moreover, when he wrote to his sister he would not like to be transferred to a different place, although she had insisted, I talked to him in person. He said he has a good ward here and that he is getting the necessary medications and doctors' assistance," Moskalkova said.

In August 2015, the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov, who was detained in Crimea in 2014, to 20 years in a high-security penitentiary for plotting a terrorist attack there.

Sentsov went on hunger strike on May 14, 2018 and demanded that all Ukrainians held in Russia for political reasons be freed.

According to the lawyers, Sentsov has no intention of asking the Russian president to pardon him.

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