Political prisoner Balukh to arrive to colony in Tver Oblast

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reason for the transfer of Balukh is still unknown
16:03, 14 March 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh should arrive to the colony in Tver Oblast on March 14 as Hromadske reported citing the mother of the prisoner.

“Yesterday he was sent from Yaroslavl to Tver. He should be there tomorrow,” Natalia Balukh said.

She said that the son called to her when he was in Yaroslavl: “He does not tell about himself, his heath. He only asks: “Mom, how are you, what about your health?”.

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According to the mother, Volodymyr got food and cigarettes through the human right activists. She added that she saw him twice during the period of illegal detention. The last time was in summer 2018.

Earlier the lawyer of Balukh reported that he would be transferred to the remand centre where the prisoners suffer from violence.

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 to “Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St’ in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. 

He had rejected the demands of 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. 

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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