2018-08-06 14:05:00

Priest visits Oleg Sentsov in prison

Moscow, August 6, Interfax - The convicted Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov was visited by a priest on Saturday, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's branch for the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District said.

"Bogdan Vasiliuk walked into the cell where convict Sentsov was. The priest enquired about his health. Oleg Sentsov replied that he felt normal and was under medical supervision," the agency stated on its website.

The priest suggested they talk one on one and that Sentsov confess. The inmate thanked him but declined.

Yesterday the priest was denied access to Sentsov because he lacked valid church documentation and the inmate's request for a meeting.

Sentsov is not complaining about his prison conditions, the statement also said.

Sentsov was arrested in Crimea in 2014 on terror charges. In August 2015 the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don found him guilty of forming a terror group in Crimea and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a top-security facility.

On May 14, 2018 Sentsov announced a hunger strike to demand the release of all Ukrainian prisoners in Russia.