Ukrainian political prisoner ceases hunger strike after 205 days of starving

20:07, 9 October 2018

Ukrainian political prisoner, native of Crimea Volodymyr Balukh ceased to starve. He wrote this in his letter released on Tuesday; nevertheless, he insisted he would not accept the food from the hands of the occupants. Balukh reiterated he would resume starving as soon as they move him to a penal colony in Russia.

Currently, they hold him in the annexed Crimea. The inmate was charged with illegal ammunition storage and sentenced to almost four years behind the bars. Then, the sentence was extended to five years as he allegedly beat the chief of a local colony.

He himself says that they judged him for a pro-Ukrainian stance in the Russian-occupied Crimea. Balukh’s hunger strike lasted for 205 days as he opposed the illegal sentence in his case.