Balukh's health condition is better, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian political prisoner refuses to be examined by the doctor from the remand prison. Instead, he requests a doctor form Red Cross
21:22, 2 July 2018

Radio Liberty

The health condition of the Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh, who faces four more years of imprisonment in Crimea, is better, as Olha Dinze, his lawyer, said in an exclusive commentary for 112 Ukraine.

“For today, he feels much better thank to the people who are kept with him in a cell. A person, who is an osteopath, is there. He fixed Balukh’s vertebrae, he teaches him how to do exercise right. Balukh began to move more, he feels better despite the hunger strike,” she told.

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Dinze noted that Balukh did not want a doctor from the detention center to visit him.

“He requests the doctors from the Red Cross organization,” the lawyer said.

“Balukh is not receiving any mixtures. Three weeks ago he switched to a light hunger regime – he eats black toasts and drinks kissel (a viscous fruit dish, popular as a dessert and as a drink, - ed.),” she told.

Related: Political prisoner Balukh writes letter to Poroshenko

Reportedly, Volodymyr Balukh was sentenced to three years and seven months of colony-settlement for allegedly unlawful storage of ammunition in the occupied Crimea. Human rights defenders think that he was repressed for pro-Ukrainian position for putting up a Ukrainian flag in his backyard. Later, the court reduced his sentence to two months, by excluding the ammunition purchase clause.  

Related: Ukrainian ombudswoman to report to EU Commissar for Human Rights on denial of prisoners' visit

On April 2, Olga Dinze, Volodymyr Balukh's attorney claimed that falsely detained was beaten up by the convoy after the appeal. The administration of the detention facility refused to give Balukh water due to his proclamation of hunger strike.  

On June 7, it was reported that because of the long-term hunger strike Balukh lost 30 kg. Mariana Betsa, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that Blukh was in a critical condition on June 15. At the same time, the court extended his sentence to August 14. 

Related: Russia hides true data on state of Ukrainian political prisoners, - Denisova

Dinze stated that Balukh believes that he will be exchanged and transferred to the Ukrainian mainland.

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