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Ukrainian political prisoner in Crimea Balukh released under house arrest
20:55, 1 December 2017
Ukrainian political prisoner in Crimea Balukh released under house arrest

Balukh was forbidden to use the Internet and communicate with witnesses

20:55, 1 December 2017

Volodymyr Balukh, arrested Crimean, politial prisoner
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Ukrainian political prisoner in Crimea Volodymyr Balukh was released from the detention center under house arrest. This was reported by the journalist of Radio Liberty Anton Naumliuk on his Facebook page

"District court released Volodymyr Balukh from the detention center under house arrest," the statement said.

As reported by Crimea. Realities agency, Balukh was forbidden to leave the house, communicate with witnesses and also use the Internet or e-mail.

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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.

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. 

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