Lawyer Dmitry Dinze warned his client about all the possible consequences, in particular, the irreversible consequences for health. However, Sentsov said that he was ready to die if the demands were not met.
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"I, Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian citizen who was illegally sentenced by a Russian court and is currently serving sentence in the penal colony of Labytnangi town, go on an indefinite hunger strike on May 14, 2018. The only condition for its termination is the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners who are jailed on the territory of the Russian Federation. Glory to Ukraine," Sentsov wrote in his statement.
Sixty-four Ukrainian political prisoners are currently jailed in Russia and in the annexed Crimea.
As reported, Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16 that her brother reported on his failing health in a letter. He in particular said that he is losing his hair and has his teeth crumbling into small pieces.
Sentsov is serving a sentence in the maximum security labor camp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. This prison's inmates are serving sentences for commission of grave and especially grave crimes.
Earlier, Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years' and 10 years' in prison, respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.