Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh ceases hunger strike

Source : 112 Ukraine

The hunger strike of this kremlin prisoner lasted for 205 days
15:26, 9 October 2018

Radio Liberty

Ukrainian political prisoner Viktor Balukh, detained in Crimea, stopped the hunger strike that lasted for 205 days. The copy of the letter was published by Crimean human rights group on Facebook.

"Using the last chance to find at least a crack in the punishment system of the occupant, where the seeds of common sense or hint of honor are present, I decided to stop the hunger strike. I will try to keep myself in this oxymoron, but I will not do it by any price," Balukh claimed.

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At the same time, Ukrinform reported citing Klyment, the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea, that Balukh stopped the hunger strike only for the period of the transferring that will take place tomorrow. As he arrives in the colony, he will renew it.

Also, Balukh wrote the last will in the case of the death.

"I ask to fulfill my last will: in the case of the physical or mental death, to not let my body at the occupied territory. I leave it for my family to choose the place of my body's stay – I prefer a countryside on the bank of Dnipro, not far from Kyiv," he wrote.

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Earlier, the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ahtem Chyigoz, reported that Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was beaten up and threatened to get killed in the Simferopol remand center.  

According to the Deputy Chairman, Balukh was taken out from his cell, severely beaten up and is threatened to get killed.

On September 10, the Supreme Court of occupied Crimea controlled by the Kremlin did not grant the appeal of Volodymyr Balukh’s lawyer Olga Dinze on his conditional release. It was noted that the activist participated in the session through a video conference from the remand prison.

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Balukh was arrested on December 8, 2016, nine days after he nailed a plaque renaming his home No. 18 “Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St’ in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan.  He had rejected demands from the head of the local council to remove it. During an irregular ‘search’ of his home, 90 bullets and several TNT explosive devices were allegedly ‘found’ in his attic.  Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KhPG) stated that he had no record of violence and the constant searches and series of administrative prosecutions he had faced since Russia’s invasion of Crimea for his openly pro-Ukrainian position made it inconceivable that he could have held anything illegal in his home.  The implausibility of the charges was just one of several compelling reasons why the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre declared him a political prisoner well before the trial.

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