“Taras Omelchenko, Balukh’s lawyer, requested parole. He is the only one person working there (in Crimea, - ed.) now,” Dinze said.
According to the lawyer, there is one year and four months left for Balukh until the end of the sentence.
In March 2018, the Ukrainian announced a timeless hunger strike but suspended it for the time the law enforcers moved him to the colony. According to his lawyer Dmytro Dinze, due to his long-lasting hunger strike that ran for 200 days, the political prisoner suffers from an ulcer or pancreatitis.
Previously Russia-controlled 'Supreme Court of Crimea' eased the sentence, which now makes 4 years and 11 months in the colony (initially, it was five years, - 112 International).
Balukh was detained in December 2016; Russian special service said the operatives found 90 pieces of ammunition and several TNT pellets at his residence. The prisoner and his lawyers, however, believe he is punished for his pro-Ukrainian patriotic stance in occupied Crimea.