Illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh was beaten by the convoy after consideration of the appeal. This was reported by his lawyer Olha Dinze, as Crimea.Realities agency reported.
In addition, according to her, the administration of the pre-trial detention center refused to give Ukrainian political prisoner water, saying he was on a hunger strike.
Dinze assesses the condition of the convicted activist as bad, but not critical. She noted that the defense plans to file a complaint because of the beating of Balukh.
There are no public comments of Russian law enforcers on this issue.
As it was reported earlier, Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian citizen illegally judged in the occupied Crimea claimed that he goes for a timeless hunger strike. Balukh protested against the verdict in his case, announced in January 2018. The jury sentenced him to three years and five months for the alleged storage of ammunition. As it is currently effective, the detainee now serves time in jail.
In December 2013, when the Euromaidan movement began in Ukraine, Balukh supported its activists and hoisted a Ukrainian flag over his house. It remained there – even after the so-called referendum in Crimea in spring 2014 when people were forced to vote for Crimea’s recognition as part of the Russian Federation. Balukh said he never recognized the peninsula as part of Russia.
Volodymyr Balukh was detained by the Russian FSB (federal security service) in his house in December 2016. The law enforcers said they found 90 cartridges and several TNT blocks on the house’s rooftop.After that, he was sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment.