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Balukh suffers from pain in liver on 171st day of his hunger strike

Currently, the Ukrainian is in the cell with permanent video surveillance
22:20, 5 September 2018

Radio Liberty

Illegally condemned in Crimea Ukrainian Volodymyr Balukh, who is on a hunger strike from the middle of the March, is experiencing pain in his liver; necessary medical aid is not being provided to him. The Crimean human right group claimed this with a reference to Balukh’s lawyer.

‘Volodymyr had an attack of severe pain in the liver, he keeps losing weight. Currently, the Ukrainian is in the cell with permanent video surveillance. Balukh thinks that the camera is aimed even on the toilet,’ reads the message.

Related: Balukh has limited access to his criminal case, - Chiygoz

On September 1, Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people claimed that Balukh was feeling bad.

As of September 5, Balukh is hungering for 171 days. He lost 30kg over the period of the hunger strike.

As it was reported earlier the ‘February 26 case’ is the infamous case of several Crimean Tatar activists detained by the Russian ‘authorities’ of Crimea in 2014; the protesters are suspected of ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances in Crimea on February 26, 2014’, when the Crimean Tatars tried to prevent the occupation of the peninsula by Russian troops and the overthrowing of the Ukrainian authority there. Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermenji were arrested in April and May 2014, respectively. 

Earlier the court of Simferopol extended the detention period for Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermenji. Thus, the detained Crimean Tatars will stay behind the bars until January 7, 2017. 

Related: Balukh's mother not to ask Putin to pardon her son

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