Russian Penitentiary Service denies transfer of Sentsov in resuscitation department

Russian Penitentiary Service denies transfer of Sentsov in resuscitation department
Oleg Sentsov

The Sentsov's state of health is assessed as satisfactory.

The Yamal-Nenets Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) stated that Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the Polar Bear colony, is placed in the medical unit of the IK, not in the intensive care hospital in Labytnangi, as claimed by the Ukrainian media with reference to cousin of the director Natalia Kaplan, Interfax reports.

According to the press bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Sentsov’s current state of health is assessed as satisfactory; he is placed in the medical unit of the colony, “fully keeps the treatment and nutrition recommended by medical specialists.”

Earlier, the Ukrainian media said that Sentsov was put in intensive care "due to the irreversible effects of the hunger strike."

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova, reported that she had talked about this with her Russian counterpart, Tatyana Moskalkova, who did not confirm Sentsov’s sister information about the transfer of her brother to intensive care. At the same time, the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mariana Betsa, wrote in social networks that the Foreign Ministry is demanding from the Russian authorities to allow Ukrainian doctors and the consul to Sentsov.

Sentsov held a hunger strike in the colony for 145 days and agreed to terminate it from October 6 because of the threat of forced feeding, which is torture, his lawyer Dmitry Dinze reported. Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation Valery Maksimenko told reporters on October 5 that Sentsov agreed to eat, and "the best Moscow nutritionists have developed a special diet for him to take him out of the hunger strike."

In August 2015, he was sentenced to 20 years in a strict regime colony on charges of organizing the Right Sector subversive group (an extremist organization banned in Russia) and carrying out terrorist acts in the Crimea.

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