6 Jun 2018 15:57

Sentsov calls on 'free people' not to go on hunger strike in his support - lawyer

KYIV. June 6 (Interfax) - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is now in a Russian penal colony and who went on hunger strike on May 14, has called on people who are free not to go on hunger strike in his support, but use other methods, Dmitry Dinze, a lawyer for the Ukrainian, said.

"Oleh Sentsov is asking free people not to go on hunger strike in his support. It's wrong as they have many other opportunities of influencing the situation with Ukrainian political prisoners. Oleh as prisoner has only one way of influencing the situation, and this method is hunger strike," Dinze said on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.

According to media reports, several Russians have gone on hunger strike to support Sentsov. Among them are Alexander Burtin, a journalist with the publication Russky Reporter, teacher and cartoonist Yevgeny Kabakov, and journalist Anastasia Dmitriyeva.