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Wife of political prisoner Balukh could not pass delivery

Source : 112 Ukraine

The workers of the prison explained that Balukh’s documents were not printed. This is why Nataliya was denied to pass the delivery
11:29, 18 February 2019

Radio Liberty

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh could not receive delivery from Nataliya Balukh in Simferopol remand center, as Crimean human rights group reported.

The workers of the prison explained that Balukh’s documents were not printed. This is why Nataliya was denied to pass the delivery.

Related: Crimean court refuses to release political prisoner Balukh on parole

“Since Wednesday, over three working days, people responsible for deliveries did not receive required documents, and the chiefs do not work on Saturday and Sunday,” Nataliya Balukh said.

Earlier it was reported that Balukh was forcefully taken to Simferopol remand center from Kerch prison.

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.  

Related: Defence of Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh requests his parole

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. 

Related: Ukraine's Balukh transferred to Kerch penal colony

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 (KhPG) 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.  

Related: Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh ceases hunger strike

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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