Faked second case on Balukh, - Foreign Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, the representatives of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demand Russia let the doctors visit the political prisoner
18:19, 4 July 2018

Radio Liberty

The representatives of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry intend to cooperate with the international partners so that they demand Russian Federation to release Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian political prisoner. Foreign Ministry representatives believe that the second “case” on Balukh is faked, as Mariana Betsa, the Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, stated, Krym.Realii reports.

“Considering the fact that the first case was completely faked and based on Balukh’s patriotism, he started a hunger strike as a protest. Against this background, when we demand to let our doctors, our ombudsman and human rights defenders to see Balukh and find out about his health condition, another faked case is opened on unclear accusations of a man in custody,” Betsa said.

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The Spokesperson added that the Foreign Ministry expressed protest against Russia’s side and its concerns about Balukh’s health condition. The representatives of the Foreign Ministry demands Russia let the Ukrainian and international doctors visit him.

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. 

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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. 

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

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