The lawyer of the imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov, said on Monday September 10th that Sentsov has suffered irreversible damage to his health after 120 days of hunger strike.
Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to conduct terror attacks, charges that he denies. He also has refused to seek a pardon from the President Vladimir Putin.
Sentsov’s lawyer, Dmitry Dinze, claimed that Sentsov’s condition has steadily worsened, resulting in “irreversible changes affecting the cardiovascular system, kidneys and liver.” Moreover, he said that Sentsov is increasingly frail.
Meanwhile, prison officials said Sentsov was being given a nutritious formula daily. Dinze said, “He has faced a slow decay despite the supportive therapy.”
Though Sentsov's mother pleaded with Putin to pardon her son, the Kremlin turned her letters down, saying that Sentsov himself needs to appeal for a pardon.
The case of Sentsov has drawn close international attention. On Monday September 10th human rights activists stood during the opening remarks of the Russian representative at the annual meeting of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe in Warsaw.
As reported by AP, many meeting participants from civil society wore T-shirts or had big stickers on their backs saying #SaveOlegSentsov.