Balukh case: Crimean ‘prosecutors’ recommend five years of detention

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian citizen is accused of illegal storage of ammunition and explosives
11:14, 15 January 2018

Rozdilnensky district court in Crimea continues to look into the case of Volodymyr Balukh, the detained Ukrainian citizen who was charged with illegal storage of ammunition and explosives.

On Monday, the prosecution asked the jury to sentence the defendant to five years-long term in a penal colony settlement and the 20,000-ruble fine.

Krym.Realii news portal quoted the prosecution, which said that Balukh’s guilt was ‘fully proved’, while the defense ‘never provided any evidence proving his innocence’. The lawyer, in turn, said that the evidence gathered during the searches were recovered in contravention of the law.    

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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 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.  

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