"The question of the visit to Oleh Sentsov remains open. We insist on a soonest trip to Labytnangi (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug) where Oleh is being held, and Russia suggests a possible date for the visit after June 22. We are going to insist that we go there in the coming days," the press service of the Ukrainian ombudsperson quoted Denisova as saying.
According to her, the Russians proposed that she make her first visit to the city of Omsk on Saturday, June 16.
She told the 112 Ukraine TV channel on Thursday: "We presented our plan of meetings with our prisoners. It's our plan of meetings. They are still discussing it. There is no 'road map' as such, there is our application on how, when and whom we want to visit. This issue is still being discussed."
According to the press service of the Verkhovna Rada human rights commissioner, these issues were discussed at the office of the Russian human rights commissioner in Moscow on Thursday. The parties discussed the details and possibility of Denisova's visits to political prisoners – Ukrainian citizens held in Russia.
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.