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Ukraine’s ombudswoman asks Russian colleague to check information on beating of Balukh by convoy

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denysova demands to assume the necessary measures if the information will be confirmed
17:59, 3 April 2018

Radio Liberty

Lyudmyla Denysova, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to Tatiana Moskalkova, the Russian ombudswoman with a request to check the conditions of Volodymyr Balukh, the illegally detained Ukrainian activist in the detention center as the press service of Denysova reported.

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Denysova asks to check the information on the cruel treatment of the convoy towards Balukh after the consideration of the appeal and refusal to provide him the necessary amounts of water.

 ‘According to this, I appeal to you with a request to check the provided information and in case of its confirmation, to assume the necessary measures to restore the violated rights of Volodymyr Balukh. I ask to inform me on the results of the consideration of this appeal’, the message said.

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Lawyer Olha Dinze reported that the convoy beat Volodymyr Balukh, the illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian activist on April 2. In addition, according to her, the administration of the pre-trial detention center refused to give Ukrainian political prisoner water, saying he was on a hunger strike.

As it was reported earlier, Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian citizen illegally judged in the occupied Crimea claimed that he goes for a timeless hunger strike. Balukh protested against the verdict in his case, announced in January 2018. The jury sentenced him to three years and five months for the alleged storage of ammunition. As it is currently effective, the detainee now serves time in jail.

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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 December 2016. The law enforcers said they found 90 cartridges and several TNT blocks on the house’s rooftop.After that, he was sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment.

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