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Balukh commented on his release in occupied Crimea
09:09, 2 December 2017
Balukh commented on his release in occupied Crimea

Crimean political prisoner Balukh was released under house arrest

09:09, 2 December 2017

www.radiosvoboda.org

Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh who had been released by court under house arrest wasn’t happy with the court decision, but called it a “small victory”, according to Radio Liberty.

“It’s nonsense, of course. Just think about it, mother will run the household, and I’ll sit at home. We will obviously appeal against all of it. And overall, it’s gone way too far. But there’s a small victory,” he said.

When asked about his health, he said that he was okay, and would make it through.

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian political prisoner in Crimea Volodymyr Balukh was released from the detention center under house arrest.

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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. The man’s relatives say the ammunition and explosives were flaked by the FSB. The court arrested him until early February 2017 and then extended the time until September.  

Balukh said he had chronic bronchitis, which got worse in the prison cell. 

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