Ukraine Parliament's Ombudsperson Liudmyla Denisova says she is being denied access to the illegally convicted Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov after she arrived in the colony located in Labytnangi (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area), Russia.
"I met with the colony chief and head of the Penitentiary Department of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, who told me that I cannot visit Oleh Sentsov under any circumstances," she said in a video posted on Facebook.
"He did not tell me anything about the reasons for refusal. When I asked him about Oleh Sentsov's current health condition, he said that he would not give me any information and asked us to leave the premises. Now we are at the gate of the colony. I phoned High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation [Tatiana Moskalkova] and I expect an answer from her," Denisova said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on June 9, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the issue of exchanging detained persons.
It was noted that an agreement had been reached for ombudspersons of both countries to visit Russian nationals who are imprisoned in Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens detained in Russia.
UNIAN memo. Sentsov was detained by FSB operatives in Crimea in the spring of 2014. He was transferred to Russia, where he was tried on trumped-up charges of plotting terrorist attacks and arson of party offices on the peninsula. The Russian court in August 2015 sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in prison.
On May 14, Sentsov announced an indefinite hunger strike demanding the release of all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin.