Russia's prison watchdog says it spent US$1,350 on Sentsov in three months of hunger strike
Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service has reported how much money it has spent on medicines and medical treatment of illegally convicted Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian penal colony since May 14, 2018.
The prison watchdog posted a report on its website.
According to it, over RUB 95,000 has been spent on his medical support, which is approximately US$1,350 in the dollar equivalent.
The Federal Penitentiary Service also reported that it had provided 202 medical services worth RUB 45,000 (approximately US$640) to Sentsov in almost three months of his hunger strike.
On the average, Sentsov's medical support costs the Russian prison service RUB 1,100, or about US$15 per day.
The Russian authority assures that the penal colony's hospital where Sentsov is being kept has a "sufficient quantity and assortment" of medicines to maintain the convict's basic functions and system.
UNIAN memo. Sentsov was arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea in spring 2014 and in August 2015 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison following an unfair trial where he faced "terrorism" charges stemming from his opposition to Russia's occupation of Crimea. He has been serving his term in a penal colony in the town of Labytnangi, Russia's Yamal. Sentsov began his hunger strike on May 14, 2018, in protest against the politically motivated jailing of dozens of Ukrainians in the Russian Federation.