Balukh's health deteriorated, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian political prisoner is starving 99th day
22:58, 25 June 2018
The state of health of the starving Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh has worsened. This was stated by Olga Dinze, a lawyer of Balukh, in a commentary to "Crimea. Reality."

"He has very severe pains in the chest and subscapular muscles. Most likely, there was a pinched nerve, "said Dinze.

According to the lawyer, due to deteriorating health Balukh refused to go for a walk. As reported by Dinze, he continues the hunger strike in the declared format: he does not eat, he only drinks water.

We recall that in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian Volodymyr Balukh received 3 years and 7 months of the colony-settlement on charges of allegedly illegal storage of ammunition. Human rights activists believe that he was repressed for pro-Ukrainian position, in particular for the flag of Ukraine, hanged in the courtyard of his house. Later, the court reduced the sentence for 2 months, excluding the point on the acquisition of ammunition from the charge.

Later, Balukh, protesting against the verdict, declared an indefinite hunger strike.

On April 2, the lawyer of Volodymyr Balukh Olga Dinze reported that the convict was illegally beaten by an escort after consideration of the appellate complaint. According to her, the administration of the pre-trial detention center refused Balukh to provide water on the grounds that he went on a hunger strike. Later, deputy chairman of the board of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Volodymyr Chikrigin, noted that doctors are not allowed to visit Balukh.

Later it was reported that because of a long hunger strike Balukh lost 30 kg in weight. June 15, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betza noted that Balukh is in a critical condition. At the same time, the court extended his arrest until 14 August.
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