WASHINGTON (QHA) -

The Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev called on the Ukrainian filmmaker, political prisoner of the Kremlin Oleg Sentsov to stop the hunger strike.

Dzhemilev noted that while in the Soviet prison, he also held a hunger strike for a long time.

“However, under the Soviet regime, the hunger strike provided for forced feeding. That is, after 7-9 days you were examined by doctors, and if you were on the verge of death, they made a decision about compulsory feeding. If the health worsened even more, they made glucose injections. Now, as far as I know, if there is no evidence that the political prisoner has a mental disability, Russian prisons do not resort to forced feeding,” Dzhemilev said.

He stressed that the situation with Oleg Sentsov is very dangerous, because now in the conditions of the Russian prison, a hunger strike is a real threat of death.

“During the existence of the USSR and Russia, this is the second hunger strike demanding the release of all political prisoners. The first one was announced by Anatoly Marchenko in 1986. He died in Ternopil prison. At that time, I was in Magadan prison, where another criminal case was initiated against me "for grave disobedience to the administration of the colony." I was tried at a closed court session, but then, to my surprise and surprise of everyone who was in the trial, the judge announced that I was sentenced to a suspended sentence. In the courtroom my wife was with me, she rushed to me and said: "Do you know at what price you are released? Three days ago Marchenko died of the hunger strike," the leader of the Crimean Tatar people told.

Dzhemilev noted that the goal of his hunger strike was to declare the problems of the Crimean Tatars.

“Many radio stations then started broadcasting with the words: Today is the 20th, 30th, 40th, 60th day of the hunger strike of Mustafa Dzhemilev. They told why I was on a hunger strike covering the problems of the Crimean Tatars. In this regard, the goal was achieved - the movement of the Crimean Tatars was most spoken about in 1976,” Dzhemilev said.

However, now, according to him, the situation is different. And to talk about the lawlessness that is taking place in the occupied territories or in relation to political prisoners, one does not have to start a hunger strike. And moreover - death in Russian dungeons cannot be allowed.

"From the bottom of my heart I would like to suggest Oleg finishing the hunger strike. There are not that many courageous people. It is very important to save their lives. After the invaders leave the Crimea, such people will be needed in the Crimea," Dzhemilev stated.

Reference: In August 2015, the North Caucasus Military District Court of Russia sentenced Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison.

June 1 and 2 a global campaign #SaveOlegSentsov will be held. Activists who demand from the government of the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian filmmaker, the Crimean Oleg Sentsov, announced their plan of action before the World Cup, which will begin in Russia on June 14.

Source: Voice of America

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