“As recently our consuls and diplomats reported, they got the information from the Russian Federation that the occupants transfer Volodymyr Balukh from Crimea for “further serving of sentence in Tver Oblast.” According to the current information, Volodymyr is still being transferred… because “Embassy of Ukraine to Russia would be informed when he arrives at the place of the serving of his sentence”… Inhumans,” she wrote.
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.
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.
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.