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Balukh keeps his hunger strike for 95 days, - Chiygoz

Source : 112 Ukraine

Balukh is being checked every day, according to Chiygoz.
17:52, 21 June 2018

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A video surveillance is installed in the cell of the detention facility where Volodymyr Balukh, the detained is keeping his hunger strike for 95 days already. Akhtem Chiygoz, a deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar people Parliament claimed this to Krym.Realii. 

'A video surveillance has been installed in his cell. Such practices are used in special cases. The administration is peeved due to the high-profile case and publicity. They are checking him every day. His situation isn't a simple one, but he continues his hunger strike,' Chiygoz said.  

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Reportedly, Volodymyr Balukh was sentenced to three years and seven months of colony-settlement for allegedly unlawful storage of ammunition in occupied Crimea. Human right defenders think that he was repressed for pro-Ukrainian position precisely for the put up Ukrainian flag in his backyard. Later, the court reduced his sentence to two months, by excluding the ammunition purchase clause.  

Later, he declared a hunger strike protesting against the sentence. 

On April 2, Olga Dinze, Volodymyr Balukh's attorney claimed that falsely detained was beaten up by the convoy after the appellate. The administration of the detention facility refused to give Balukh a water due to his proclamation of hunger strike.  

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On June 7, it was reported that because of the long-term hunger strike Balukh lost 30 kg. Mariana Betsa, Speaker of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that Blukh is in a critical condition on June 15. At the same time, the court extended his sentence to August 14. 

Dinze reported that Balukh believes that he will be swapped and transferred to the Ukrainian mainland.

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