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Released Balukh to file lawsuit against Russia to ECHR

Balukh stated that the preparation of the parcel of document for passing to the ECHR on his case is held since 2016
14:54, 12 September 2019

Volodymyr Balukh, arrested Crimean, politial prisoner
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Released from the Russian captivity Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh will file the lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as Radio Liberty reported.

Balukh stated that the preparation of the parcel of document for passing to the ECHR on his case is held since 2016.

“A lot of documents were filed to the ECHR already. But this process continue, nothing is finished; there was a talk with Helsinki Group on Human Rights. We work together with them at this direction. We filed the first documents before December 2016, concerning the insult to a representative of the authority according to which I was tried before my detention. We collect all documents, spot, we agreed that I will recover a little and we will finish the work,” he said.

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Balukh was arrested on December 8, 2016, nine days after he nailed a plaque renaming his home No. 18 to “Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St’ in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. 

He had rejected the demands of 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. 

September 10, 2018, 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.

Related: Militants pass 54 people from Donbas prisons to Ukraine

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

 

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