"I received a very important letter from Oleh Sentsov which he sent yesterday, Sept. 25 – the letter about faith and hope for the best. The hope at a time when there is completely no room for one and there is nowhere to draw strength from," Svetova wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
"I’m grateful to those who, despite this long-standing endless marathon, still continue to support me and most importantly, all other Ukrainian political prisoners. They do not give up and I do the same thing. I believe this whole story will have a happy ending against all odds. Nothing lasts forever, even bad things! ... I never expected I could last so long and I do not know how much longer I will. But I still do not give up and neither should you," she quoted Sentsov's letter.
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.