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9 August, 2018

Sentsov's mother asks President of Russia to pardon her son

Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said that the Putin office received the letter but refused to comment further.

On August 9, the 88th day of Sentsov's hunger strike, a letter by his mother asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon her son had been handed to Russia's Special Commission for Clemency, as it reported by Radio Liberty

Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, was sentenced in 2015 for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, charges he and human rights groups say were politically motivated.

Acording to his lawyer, Dmitriy Dinze, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian prison for nearly three months, lost some 30 kilograms and has a very low hemoglobin level, resulting in anemia and a slow heartbeat of about 40 beats per minute. Also, Dinze stated that Sentsov would not submit a request for a pardon because he considers himself innocent.

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