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EU breaks a lance for the Ukrainian director on hunger strike

The European Union has Russia today been officially asked to “appropriate medical care” to provide for Oleg Sentsov. The Ukrainian filmmaker was in may 2014 arrested by the Russian security services because he is suspected of planning terrorist attacks in the Crimea, and has been since may on a hunger strike in a Russian cell.

The health condition of Sentsov is, according to the European Union rapidly declined. “We expect from Russia that it is an appropriate medical treatment”, the European High representative for Foreign Affairs and Security policy Federica Mogherini on Friday in a press release.

The 42-year-old Sentsov is coming from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that Russia after a conflict with Kiev in 2014 illegally annexed. In may of that year was Sentsov arrested by the Russian federal security service FSB, officially because he was a terror-attack on the Crimea would have planned. Sentsov himself insists that he has food and other food to the Ukrainian soldiers spent during the annexation of the peninsula. In August 2015, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Last year, he was transferred to a Siberian prison, after which he may decided on a hunger strike.

According to the spokeswoman of Mogherini is the condition of Sentsov “catastrophic”. According to his niece, pulling the Ukrainian filmmaker the not much longer. “The European Union hopes that Russia’s international human rights will be respected and that all Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia and in the Crimea will soon be released,” said the spokeswoman.

The French president Emmanuel Macron has today a telephone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, in which he the fate of Sentsov will raise.

Sentsov was given in 2012 an award at the film Festival of Rotterdam for his debut ‘Gamer’. Different directors, producers and activists protested in early July, together with the members of the European Film Academy for the doors of the Russian embassy in Berlin against his incarceration.

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