Balukh describes tortures in Russia: He was beaten as arrived in colony

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to him, he was beaten by legs, at liver, kidneys and head; he got about 150 strikes of the electroshock weapon
18:12, 16 September 2019

Volodymyr Balukh, arrested Crimean, politial prisoner
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Released from the Russian prison Volodymyr Balukh talked about the tortures applied against him in Torzhok colony. According to him, as soon as he arrived at the prison, the physical abuse was used against him as ZN.UA reported.

“Here, in the territory of the colony, I was beaten. There were a lot of them, about 10 people, at least 8. I did not see who beat exactly. I was standing up against the wall,” Balukh said.

He added that another convicted person was him and he was also beaten. According to Balukh, they were taken to the room one by one.

“They beat by legs, at liver and kidneys. On the back of the head…I was standing up against the wall, I stayed twisted up to awful physical pain,” Balukh said, adding that he almost did the splits.

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The Ukrainian said that then he was undressed, given prison jumpsuit, which could not be fastened and said “tuck it in the underwear, trousers and go”. Then Volodymyr Balukh was taken to “quarantine”. He noted that the workers of the colony invented “the violations”, which he supposedly committed. The ex-political prisoner noted that he was sent to the punishment cell as he welcomed the head of the colony improperly.

“Tough physical abuse was used in Tver, remand center #1…The day when I arrived in Tver, the tough physical abuse was used. It was the tortures with threats of sexual abuse. The same took place in the remand center, invented punishment due to which I was taken to the remand center. It was the beating, pillowcase on the head, watering, beating all over the body, electroshock weapon at soles of the feet, legs, ears. And threats of the sexual abuse,” Balukh said.

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He said that in such moments, it is hard to understand how much time passed. According to his feeling, the tortures lasted about 20-30 minutes. Balukh added that he got about 150 strikes of the electroshock weapon. He also said about the torture by cold.

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 


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