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Ukraine thinks Russian prison guards are force-feeding Oleg Sentsov


Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova believes Russian prison officials are force-feeding Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker sentenced to 20 years in prison for supposedly staging terrorist attacks in Crimea. In a letter to Ukraine’s Justice Ministry, which she shared on Facebook, Denisova says a recent claim by her Russian counterpart that Sentsov has gain a few pounds since announcing a hunger strike on May 14 suggests that he is being force-fed. She wants the matter brought before the European Court of Human Rights.

Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights group “Agora,” announced on June 20 that the European Court of Human Rights has asked for medical reports on Sentsov and proof that Russian prison officials are observing his hunger strike rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova previously statedthat Oleg Sentsov gained two kilograms (almost four and a half pounds) after a month of hunger striking. The filmmaker, who demands the release of all Russia’s “Ukrainian political prisoners,” has reportedly accepted daily nutrient supplements.