The Russia-controlled Crimean court scheduled for May 15 a court hearing on the fabricated criminal case against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who has been starving in protest for more than 55 days. The Crimean Human Rights Group reported this on Facebook.
"The case is considered by the judge" Tetyana Pyrkalo. The meeting is scheduled to start at 12:00," the organization noted.
"This criminal case is against Ukrainian (Article 321 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was opened in August 2017, after Balukh and his lawyer filed a complaint to the police about the illegal actions of the head of the Rozdolnensky prison cell Valeriy Tkachenko, who insulted and hit the Ukrainian.
In response, Tkachenko filed a complaint against Balukh. According to Tkachenko, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation filed a criminal case against the activist on August 22, 2017, "the statement reads.
"At the previous hearings, “the prosecutor” read out an indictment stating that on August 11, 2017, Balukh, while in the prison cell, “hit the left hand of the head of this institution with an elbow, and then – with a bottle with detergent.”
The investigation states that Ukrainian caused the head of the prison cell “physical pain that did not cause bodily injuries and health disorders,” the Crimean Human Rights Group reported.
The activist himself and his defense say that it was Tkachenko who attacked Balukh: he hit him, insulted and humiliated over the nationality.
It is noted that all this was recorded on the video in prison cell. But according to Balukh's statement, the investigation of Tkachenko’s actions was not opened.
"At the last meeting, April 11, 2018, the head of prison cell Valeriy Tkachenko, who is supposedly a victim, was questioned. Tkachenko denied that he systematically insulted Balukh on a national or political basis," the human rights group reminded.
Akhtem Chiygoz said that Simferopol SIZO continues to pressure Ukrainian Volodymyr Balukh.
His condition is difficult: they constantly continue to conduct searches, checks. Balukh is persistent in his demands and does not stop the hunger strike. He keeps fighting, "Chiygoz said.
The expert of the Crimean Human Rights Group Volodymyr Chekryn said that the employees of the Simferopol SIZO threatened Balukh with violence.
As it was reported earlier, the US Department of State representative Heather Nauert calls on Russian authorities in Crimea to free Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh who has been on hunger strike for over 48 days already.
Balukh's lawyer Olha Dinze reported that the convoy beat Volodymyr Balukh, the illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian activist on April 2. 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.