Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova claims that the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike. A corresponding statement was made by the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova on the air of the Ukrainian television channel after her talk with a Russian counterpart.
Denisova noted that she was still at the building of the colony, where the Ukrainian filmmaker is kept. At the same time, negotiations with Moskalkova have reached a dead end. According to Denisova, the Russian Ombudsman insists, on a visit to another political prisoner in Omsk on June 16, and then Moskalkova intends to go to Ukraine in Kherson to the director of Russian information agency "RIA Novosti Ukraina" Kirill Vyshinsky.
“Someday, after June 22, not a fact, maybe, there will give an opportunity to visit Sentsov. I once again, like at all talks, say that we have Oleg Sentsov, who is beyond these negotiations, because he is on a hunger strike. To which she answered me several times that he stopped the hunger strike, and they control everything. I said that I needed documents confirming he had stopped the hunger strike, signed by him personally. She said: "Now you are setting me a task again; an authorized representative of that district is here in Yekaterinburg, and he can tell how he feels." But last time he visited Sentsov on June 5 ... Ten days passed, and no one gives us any information about Oleg Sentsov's condition," Denisova said.
The Ukrainian Ombudsman stressed that the negotiations on a different list had reached a deadlock.
"We also have another list, and from this list I also realized that we have reached a dead end." Because I understand that she wants to go to Vyshinsky first , and only then – it’s our turn. I'm so not ready to cooperate with an authorized person who works neither on a parity basis nor on top-priority tasks," Denisova said.
She suggested that it was not Moskalkova who decided on the visit to the political prisoners.
“Decisions are taken much higher, by one person, like all decisions in this country, and therefore, I think that today nobody will allow us to visit him. Today we will try to fly to Moscow, because we took tickets in one direction, as we did not know how the circumstances would develop and when they would let us see Sentsov and again we will demand that we be allowed to visit Oleg and our other prisoners. We have some visiting arrangements available for tomorrow, but I will not specify, because I'm very much afraid that they will be canceled again," she said.
Earlier, the press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on not allowing Denisova to visit Sentsov. He stated that Oleg Sentsov was allegedly not a "detained person" but convicted for "a rather heavy article".
Previously, Lyudmila Denisova said that she was refused a meeting with Oleg Sentsov. According to Denisova, the head of the department refused to provide any information about the prisoner's condition.
Oleg Sentsov started the hunger strike on May 14, demanding the Russian authorities to release all Ukrainian political prisoners.