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Kyiv raises alarm over Sentsov's health

No accurate information about his condition is available.

Kyiv raises alarm over Sentsov's health
Oleh Sentsov

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has sent a note to the Russian Foreign Ministry over the deterioration of the health status of illegally imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov.

"We are aware that his health condition is deteriorating. We have urgently sent a note to the Russian Federation to get access and, if necessary, grant access for Ukrainian doctors," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maryana Betsa told 5 Kanal TV.

According to her, Kyiv demands that Russia immediately allow a Ukrainian consul to visit political prisoner Sentsov.

Betsa noted that Sentsov's real health condition was unknown as nobody was allowed to visit him. Sentsov mentioned health problems in a letter to his sister.

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov was detained by the Russian security services in Crimea in May 2014.

On 24 August 2015, the North-Caucasian Military Court in Russia's Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in a penal colony for "plotting acts of terrorism", which he denied. Another convict in the case, Oleksandr Kolchenko, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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