Yamalo-Nenetsky Area penitentiary authority

Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, Valeriy Maksimenko, has said Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov stopped the hunger strike announced on May 14.

"Yes, he stopped the hunger strike. Moscow's best nutritionists have developed a special diet for him to take him out of the hunger strike," Maksimenko told Interfax on Friday, answering the relevant question.

As UNIAN reported earlier, 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.

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He went on a hunger strike on May 14, demanding that Russia free all Ukrainian political prisoners. Sentsov's cousin, Moscow-based journalist Natalya Kaplan says his condition is critical and things are "catastrophically bad."