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Ukraine's Balukh transferred to Kerch penal colony

Due to his long-lasting hunger strike that ran for 200 days, the political prisoner suffers from an ulcer or pancreatitis
08:42, 19 October 2018

Radio Liberty

Volodymyr Balukh, the native of Crimea and the political prisoner of Russia, has been moved to Kerch penal colony in the occupied peninsula. Krym.Realii news agency reported this, referring to Akthem Chyigoz, the deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.

Previously, Balukh's wife confirmed he was supposed to be moved to the penal facility in Kerch. 

In March 2018, the Ukrainian announced a timeless hunger strike but suspended it for the time they moved him to the colony. According to his lawyer Dmytro Dinze, due to his long-lasting hunger strike that ran for 200 days, the political prisoner suffers from an ulcer or pancreatitis.

Previously Russia-controlled 'Supreme Court of Crimea' eased the sentence, which now makes 4 years and 11 months in the colony (initially, it was five years, - 112 International).

Balukh was detained in December 2016; Russian special service said the operatives found 90 pieces of ammunition and several TNT pellets at his residence. The prisoner and his lawyers, however, believe he is punished for his pro-Ukrainian patriotic stance in the occupied Crimea. 

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