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Political prisoner Balukh goes on dry hunger strike

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demands Russia to let the medical workers visit Volodymyr Balukh
21:24, 22 June 2018

Radio Liberty

Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian political prisoner kept in the Crimean prison, decided to go on a dry hunger strike, as Archbishop Clement, the defender of the Ukrainian, informed 15minut website.

“I talked to Balukh. Volodya said that the authorities of Simferopol remand prison decided to evict Volodymyr from an individual cell and move to a general one as they think that Volodymyr stopped the hunger strike. Volodya officially claims he goes on a dry hunger strike,” he stated.

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In her turn, Mariana Betsa, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, demanded Russia to let the medical workers visit Balukh.

“The life of the political prisoner Balukh is in danger. We demand Russia to allow Ukrainian doctors visit him and we also demand an immediate release,” she wrote on Twitter.

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Reportedly, Volodymyr Balukh was detained in Crimea in December 2016. The Russian law enforcers detained him for the alleged storage of ammunition; the court sentenced him to three and a half years in prison. In March, the political prisoner announced a hunger strike, protesting against the political persecutions against him.

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