The staff of the remand prison put pressure on Volodymyr Balukh, the citizen of Ukraine illegally judged in the occupied Crimea to make him end the hunger strike he began two weeks ago. The Human Rights Protection Group in Ukraine reported this on April 2.
The lawyer of detained Balukh reported that he is looking thin and gaunt. Moreover, the occupation authorities of Crimea also denied any access to him and the demand of Ukrainian ombudswoman Tatiana Denisova to let the doctors examine him is not fulfilled yet.
In December 2013, when the Euromaidan movement began in Ukraine, Balukh supported its activists and hoisted a Ukrainian flag over his house. It remained there – even after the so-called referendum in Crimea in spring 2014 when people were forced to vote for Crimea’s recognition as part of the Russian Federation. Balukh said he never recognized the peninsula as part of Russia.
Volodymyr Balukh was detained by the Russian FSB (federal security service) in his house in December 2016. The law enforcers said they found 90 cartridges and several TNT blocks on the house’s rooftop. After that, he was sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment.