Russian-Controlled Court Postpones Parole Hearing for Volodymyr Balukh

The hearing will now take place on Jan.25

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The Russian-controlled Kerch City Court in Crimea postponed the hearing dedicated to the parole of Ukrainian political prisoner, Volodymyr Balukh, to Jan.25, Crimean solidarity reported on Facebook.

The hearing was set to take place yesterday, Jan. 9. No reason has been given for the change.

Earlier, Balukh’s attorney filed a petition for his release on parole.

In December 2013, after the Euromaidan revolution in Kyiv, Balukh hoisted a Ukrainian flag over his house. It remained there even after the referendum in the spring of 2014, after which Russia annexed Crimea. In April 2015, Russian Federal Security officers came to his house. Balukh was detained in December 2016. They claim to have found a large number of ammunitions and explosions in his house. Balukh denies this information.

In Aug. 2017, the  Rozdolnensky District Court sentenced Balukh to three years and seven months in prison, and a fine of 10 thousand Russian rubles. On July 5, it was then increased to five  years after the same court found Balukh guilty of allegedly beating the head of the detention facility where Balukh was being held. In early October, his sentence was reduced by one month.

Balukh announced an indefinite hunger strike on March 19, 2018.

On Oct. 9, 2018, he announced a temporary suspension of his strike. He currently eats a few spoonfuls of oatmeal porridge, crackers, water and tea with honey. Balukh said that he will resume his protest once he is in prison in Russia.

Source UATV
date 10.01.2019
categories Prisoners of Kremlin
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