The resident of Serebryanka village of the occupied Crimea Volodymyr Balukh who put up Ukrainian flag on top of his house was sentenced to three years and 7 month of imprisonment and fined for 166 dollars. This was reported by Crimean Human Rights Group.
Balukh was accused of illegal storage of ammunition and explosives, which were allegedly found in the attic of his house. Balukh did not admit his guilt and stated that the case against him was fabricated with the participation of Dmitry Popov, the head of raid police department, and the explosives and ammunition were planted.
The judge reading the resolution stated that all the proves provided by law enforcers were legal.
Ukrainian’s defense said that the case was fabricated and the verdict will be appealed against in the higher institutions.
As it was reported earlier 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 Serebryanka village (Crimea) 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.