As reported by Censor.NET referring to Plakhov’s post on social media, the movie critic says he doubted whether to make the letter public: "But I decided after all that it would help those who know little of Oleh to better understand him. And even those indoctrinated by the propaganda who believe him to be a terrorist fanatic. The letter clearly shows how far off from the truth this is and what this person, who has fallen victim to political intrigue, is actually passionate about."
"It's good to hear that some Russian filmmakers started to openly support me at official venues, not just on the Internet. It turns out that it's not so hard just not to be afraid to express your opinion! Thank you once again for this. A big cheer to everyone who support us! Please tell my special thanks and respect to Alexander Sokurov! I’m hanging on and still decisive in my victory! I wish you all the best!" Plakhov wrote quoting Sentsov’s letter.
As reported, 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.
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.
Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 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.
On May 14, 2018, the fillmmaker said he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.