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Russia not yet provided information on Balukh's health, - Ukraine's ombudswoman

On Wednesday, October 3, the 'Supreme Court of Crimea' eased the sentence for the Ukrainian political prisoner for a month
16:45, 6 October 2018

Radio Liberty

Russia has not yet provided information on the state of health of the Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh. Lyudmila Denisova, the representative of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights posted that on Facebook.

'I am concerned that there is still no news from the Russian Federation about Volodymyr Balukh and his state of health. For months, I've been demanding to give me the opportunity to visit a political prisoner and receive information about his health. Instead, answers without any specifics come from the Russian Federation,' she wrote.

Denisova said that now the Ombudsman in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova appealed to the director of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments with a request to allow Denisova to visit the prisoner.

'I continue to insist on a simultaneous visit to Balukh and Vyshynsky (Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the editor-in-chief of RIA News agency, detained in Ukraine, - 112 International). Thus, I will be able to personally meet with the Ukrainian, who is starving for 202 days in a row. At the same time, the Commissioner in the Russian Federation will be able to visit Vyshynsky,'  the Ombudsman stressed.

According to her, the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine, Kyrylo Vyshynsky, who is suspected of treason has no health problems.

'And I know for sure that he doesn’t complain about the deterioration of his health. I’ve already visited him twice. My representatives constantly communicate with him and give him the necessary high-quality medicines. For 4.5 months the doctors examined Kirill Vyshinsky 9 times. This is confirmed by a medical certificate, and I have my hands on it,' she concluded.

On Wednesday, October 3, the 'Supreme Court of Crimea' softened the sentence for Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, cutting it down for one month.

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