"Oleh Sentsov is alive. He continues his struggle, although it’s been hard on him. He sincerely hopes that his freedom and not only his one is close. He asks everyone to live without manipulation and lies. He believes that it is necessary to tell the truth and not to care about the consequences as this is the only way to win. He asks not to focus on him alone and not to make the major political prisoner of him but to make equal efforts to liberate all the prisoners," she wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
The political prisoner’s cousin-sister also said that "Oleh looks so much older and he has lost so much weight."
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 cousin-sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her cousin 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.