Lawyer: Sentsov’s health worsened

Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian director imprisoned in the penitentiary of Labytnangi in the Russian Federation, is in a poor health. Severely decreased hemoglobin has led to anemia. The prisoner has a very low pulse – 40 beats per minute, reports Hromadske news outlet with a reference to Dmitry Dinze, his lawyer.

According to the lawyer, Sentsov’s heart is bad, which is partly due to the heat in Labytnangi. As stated by Dinze, he twice failed to convince him to go to the hospital.

When asked whether there is a possibility that Sentsov will stop his hunger strike, the lawyer said that his client does not have such an intention.

Sentsov refused hospitalization and said that the head of the intensive care department is aggressive towards him and, most likely, will only harm him.

Dinze also spoke out against Sentsov’s hospitalization since he is convinced that Sentsov “simply will not stand transport and may die”.

The health of the Ukrainian prisoner Oleg Sentsov is satisfactory, reported the press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

“Prisoner O.H. Sentsov is under constant dynamic supervision of the medical staff of the institution where he is serving a sentence. O.H. Sentsov is daily examined by the medical personnel and undergoes clinical-laboratory and instrumental examinations. He undergoes treatment aimed at supporting the basic functions of organs and body systems and preventing complications,” the report said.

The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation added that the latest laboratory examination of Sentsov was conducted on August 6.

“The results of the examination did not indicate health deterioration. There are no records about O.H. Sentsov’s refusal of the therapy and medical assistance. O.H. Sentsov’s health status is assessed as satisfactory,” the announcement of The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation read.

Let us recall that the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in a strict-security colony in August 2015. In Russia, he was accused of forming a terrorist community on the territory of Crimea.

On May 14, 2018, Sentsov went on a hunger strike demanding the release of all Ukrainians illegally detained in Russia for political reasons.

  Russia, Oleh Sentsov, Ukraine