Monday, August 13, 2018

Sweden to Russia: Release Hunger-Striking Ukraine Filmmaker

August 9, 2018 ( Sweden is calling on Russia to release a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister, wrote on August 9, 2018 on Twitter:” Deeply concerning reports on Oleg Sentsov’s deteriorating health condition. His detention violates international law and is based on a legal process which did not meet elementary standards of justice. We call on Russia to release him & other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.”

Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike since 14 May 2018, is reportedly in a critical condition. According to his lawyer, who visited him in prison on 7 August 2018, Oleg Sentsov has a low haemoglobin level, resulting in anaemia and a slow heartbeat, and has lost 30 kilogrammes. He is refusing to be transferred to a civilian hospital as he is too weak to stand and says that medical staff there have previously been hostile towards him.