‘No happy end’. Oleg Sentsov makes his will

Oleg Sentsov. Photo: aif.ua

The Ukrainian film director, who has been hungerstriking for over 120 days in a penal colony in Russia’s Far North, seems to have lost any hope for release. He has drawn up a will regarding his works.

“I do not believe that I will be released soon and we will happily live in Kyiv. I do not believe in many other things. This does not mean, however, that I feel down and intend to stop hungerstriking. In no way have I given up, I just do not believe in the happy end of the story,” Sentsov wrote to his cousin Natalia Kaplan.

According to the film director, his health is ‘stably bad’. He suffers from hypoxia.

“There is light in the head, I feel dizzy, body, head, hands and legs go numb. The blood circulatory system fails to supply enough oxygen to the body. You see what a good knowledge of medicine I have now!” he said.

Oleg Sentsov also made a will regarding the rights to his work in the event of his death, Kaplan said on Facebook.

In August 2015, a Russian court sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years of imprisonment. He was found guilty of an ‘attempt to organize a ‘cell of Right Sector [Ukrainian right-wing organisation] in Crimea’. The trial was held in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, The case was considered by North Caucasus District Military Court. The film director did not admit his guilt.

The charge was based on the testimony of Alexey Chyrny and Gennady Afanasiev. In court Afanasiev withdrew evidence saying that he had been tortured in jail. It is impossible to swap Sentsov for any Russian prisoner in Ukraine, because after the annexation of Crimea Russia started considering the Ukrainian director a citizen of Russia.

The Ukrainian film director, who demands that the Russian authorities release all Ukrainians jailed in Russia and Crimea, went on hunger strike on May, 14. There are 64 Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and Crimea. The 42-year-old prisoner is still not going to ask president Vladimir Putin for pardon.


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