Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh to be transferred to prison with ill-treatment, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The lawyers could not find out the reason for such measure
09:42, 1 March 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh

Lawyer Olga Dinze informed that Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh would be transferred to the remand centre where the prisoners suffer from violence, as Krym Realii reported.

“According to the information I have, Balukh will be conveyed to the ordinary regime colony in Tver region (Russia, - ed.). I might only suppose in which colony exactly. This information has not been specified. Maybe, this is the ordinary regime colony No. 6. The prisons in Tver region are rather severe, therefore, very often the prisoners undertake violence. He will be serving his sentence in bad conditions, the lawyer said.

According to her, the lawyers could not find out the reason for Balukh’s transfer.

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“The reason for the transfer remains unknown, we will get information when Balukh arrives. Or, this information might be based on assumptions: Kerch colony wanted to get rid of the “uncomfortable” prisoner and transferred him to another colony,” she added.

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.

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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. 

Related: Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh forcefully transferred to Simferopol

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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