1 Jun 2018 21:43

Russian Human Rights Council head, Ukrainian ombudsman discuss Sentsov's, Vyshinsky's incarceration conditions

MOSCOW. June 1 (Interfax) - Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council, said he expects to visit Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who had been convicted in Russia and went on a hunger strike in a penitentiary facility on May 14, together with the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova.

"Council Chairman Mikhail Fedotov and the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova have had a telephone conversation today. The parties discussed, first and foremost, incarceration conditions and health of Oleh Sentsov and Kirill Vyshinsky," the press service for the Human Rights Council told Interfax.

Denisova said she is planning to visit the Kherson remand prison in the near future and, among other things, monitor RIA Novosti Ukraine editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshinsky's incarceration conditions.

"I, in turn, informed the Ukrainian ombudsman that I am taking all measures to ensure that we are able to visit Oleh Sentsov in the correctional facility No.8 of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's branch for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District together. I hope we will be able to visit this facility, as well as the Kherson remand prison, together in the near future," the press service cited Fedotov as saying.