Ukraine's Political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh taken to the Russian Krasnodar

Source : 112 Ukraine

This violates the international humanitarian law
08:05, 19 February 2019

Radio Liberty

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was taken to the Russian Krasnodar from Simferopol remand center, as Akhtem Chiygoz, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, reported on Facebook.

“Volodymyr Balukh was conveyed to Krasnodar,” the message says.

Balukh’s transfer to Russia poses threat to his life.

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.

On September 10, the Supreme Court of occupied Crimea controlled by the Kremlin did not grant the appeal of Volodymyr Balukh’s lawyer Olga Dinze on his conditional release. It was noted that the activist participated in the session through a video conference from the remand prison.

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. 

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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 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.  

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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.

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