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Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh might have pancreatitis, - lawyer

The defence notes that Russian doctors refuse from visiting Balukh
11:53, 4 October 2018

Radio Liberty

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh might have stomach ulcers or pancreatitis, as his lawyer Dmytro Dinze said, KrymRealii reports.

According to Dinze, Balukh’s defence is trying to find the doctors who could visit the Ukrainian that is on a hunger strike.

“Balukh’s health condition is poor. He has issues with heart and internal organs. Also, he might have stomach ulcers or pancreatitis,” the lawyer told.

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Dinze noted that Russian doctors refuse from visiting Balukh.

“Basically, we will be able to examine him when he is transferred to the colony. He has a right for a complete range of health care as a convicted,” Dinze added.

Earlier, the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ahtem Chyigoz, reported that Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was beaten up and threatened to get killed in the Simferopol remand center.  

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According to the Deputy Chairman, Balukh was taken out from his cell, severely beaten up and is threatened to get killed.'  

Balukh was arrested on December 8, 2016, nine days after he nailed a plaque renaming his home No. 18 “Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St’ in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan.  He had rejected demands from the head of the local council to remove it. During an irregular ‘search’ of his home,  90 bullets and several TNT explosive devices were allegedly ‘found’ in his attic.  Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KhPG) stated that he had no record of violence and the constant searches and series of administrative prosecutions he had faced since Russia’s invasion of Crimea for his openly pro-Ukrainian position made it inconceivable that he could have held anything illegal in his home.  The implausibility of the charges was just one of several compelling reasons why the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre declared him a political prisoner well before the trial.

Related: Ukraine's ombudswoman asks Red Cross doctors to visit Balukh urgently

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