Ukraine’s MFA protests against arrest ​​extention for Ukrainian Balukh in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The hearing of the Balukh case is scheduled for November 7
12:43, 25 October 2017

Crimean Human Rights Group

Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs protests against the decision of the court in annexed Crimea, which extended the arrest for Ukrainian citizen, activist Volodymyr Balukh till January 16, 2018. This was stated in Twitter by the Foreign Ministry Speaker Mariana Betza.

"Illegal court, illegal decision. Occupation authorities are afraid of Ukrainian patriots. We express our protest and demand to release Balukh, "she wrote.

Crimean court left Balukh in custody until January 16, 2018.

The hearing of the Balukh case is scheduled for November 7.

As it was reported earlier 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.

Related: Crimean resident imprisoned for over three years for hoisting Ukrainian flag

Volodymyr Balukh was detained by the Russian FSB, federal security service, in his house in Serebryanka village (Crimea) in December 2016. The law enforcers said they found 90 cartridges and several TNT blocks on the house’s rooftop. The man’s relatives say the ammunition and explosives were flaked by the FSB. The court arrested him until early February 2017 and then extended the time until September.  

Balukh said he had chronic bronchitis, which got worse in the prison cell.   

Related: Ukrainian flag was hung over mosque in Crimea

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