Natalya Kaplan, the cousin of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov convicted in Russia on made-up charges, has said his condition has catastrophic. Sentsov has been hunger striking for over 80 days now, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia.
"Oleh has sent me a letter with the lawyer. He hardly gets up. He wrote that the end is near, and it's not about his release. He is asking whether anyone still cares about his hunger strike. He is not given letters at all! He says he is in information vacuum and does not know at all what is going on," she said on Facebook.
A day earlier, Sentsov's lawyer Dmitriy Dinze said on Facebook that Russian prisoners are prepared to let his client die "as a lesson for other prisoners".
Russia has been denying Ukrainian officials access to Sentsov for months.
In August 2015, Russia's North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in a heightened security colony. Russia accused him of creating a terrorist group in Crimea.