As reported by Censor.NET referring to Krym.Realii media outlet, this is the first footage over two years that the filmmaker spent in prison. This is what Sentsov looked like about a month ago, on the eighteenth day of his hunger strike. The prison authorities filmed Sentsov in late May speaking over the phone with Ksenia Sobchak, who ran for the Russian president’s office during last campaign, and her mother Lyudmila Narusova, a member of the Federation Council.
Sentsov marks his fifth birthday behind the bars today. The Ukrainian filmmaker has been on a hunger strike for 61 days.
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.