Balukh case: Detention facility officials ignore political prisoner's condition

Source : 112 Ukraine

He needs to be transferred to a cell with two inmates, but they hold him at a prison dorm, - deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Akhtem Chyigoz
09:13, 20 July 2018

Radio Liberty

The detention facility administration in Simferopol pays no attention to the grave condition of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, who continues to live up to his hunger strike. They hold him at a general population cell. Deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Akhtem Chyigoz said that as quoted by Krym. Realii.

'Volodymyr Balukh stays at a prison dorm. The detention facility management does not take into account his condition; they won't make it any easier', he said.

According to Chyigoz, Balukh 'needs to be transferred to a cell with two inmates, but they still hold him at a prison dorm'.

As is known, Volodymyr Balukh was sentenced to three years and seven months in a settlement colony. He was charged and judged for the alleged illegal storage of ammunition. Human right defenders say Balukh was judged for his pro-Ukrainian position - specifically, for the Ukrainian flag in his yard.

In March, protesting against his illegal detention, Balukh announced a hunger strike. which he lives up to by now.

Earlier, Natalia Balukh, the mother of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh said she would not ask Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon her son Volodymyr Balukh, who currently serves time as the Kremlin's political prisoner.

Krym.Realii news agency quoted her, as she said she would not turn to Putin. 'Vova (Volodymyr Balukh, - 112 International) would not understand me, he would get the wrong idea. He would not ask for forgiveness. Asking means pleading guilty, and he can't do that because he is innocent', she said.

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