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. Heather Nauert wrote it on Twitter.
“Russian occupation authorities in Crimea should release political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, who has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Unacceptable for Russia to jail a Ukrainian citizen for flying a Ukrainian flag in Crimea and deny him medical care,” Nauert wrote.
Russian occupation authorities in Crimea should release political prisoner Volodymyr #Balukh, who has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Unacceptable for #Russia to jail a Ukrainian citizen for flying a Ukrainian flag in Crimea and deny him medical care.— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) May 2, 2018
As it was reported earlier, 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.
Volodymyr Balukh earlier 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.
Ukraine is to increase pressure on Russia to release Volodymyr Balukh, a political prisoner, kept in annexed Crimea in Simferopol detention center, as Mariana Betsa, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.