Russia opens another case against Ukrainian political prisoner in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Initially the occupation authorities sentenced Volodymyr Balukh to three years and 7 month of imprisonment for putting up Ukrainian flag on his house
15:15, 29 August 2017

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Russian Investigation Committee opened another criminal case against illegally accused Ukrainian Volodymyr Balukh in the occupied Crimea. This was reported by Crimean Human Rights Group.

“After Volodymyr Balukh and his lawyer filed a complaint against the illegal actions of the head of Razdolnensky prison cell Valery Tkachenko, who insulted and hit Ukrainian, Tkachenko filed a complaint against the Ukrainian in response. Upon Tkachenko’s filing, Russian Investigation Committee opened a criminal case against Balukh on August 22 under part 1 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code of Russian federation (the use of violence against a representative of the authorities),” the human rights defenders said.

The decision to open a criminal case says that Balukh on August 11, 2017 "during the morning inspection of the prison cells’ cameras in the corridor, hit the abdomen of Captain Valery Tkachenko with his elbow. After that the political prisoner entered cell No.2, took a bottle of detergent and again hit him again on the right hand."

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Human rights activists are convinced that the new criminal case testifies to the continuation of the prosecution of Balukh for political reasons even after an unjust sentence.

As it was reported earlier Crimean resident was imprisoned for over three years for hoisting Ukrainian flag. Russian FSB “found” shells and TNT blocks in his house.

Related: Crimean resident may get five years in prison for hoisting Ukrainian flag

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