The main goal of the hunger strike of Volodymyr Balukh is to draw the world's attention to his cause, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev stated in an interview with QHA correspondent, answering the question about the hunger strike of the Ukrainian prisoner of the Kremlin.

"The only goal of the hunger strike is to draw attention to your cause. We do not think "So, I went on a hunger strike, the law enforcers will feel sorry for me and let me out." In 1974, when I went on a hunger strike, its main goal was to draw attention to the struggle of the Crimean Tatar people. Before that, I reported all the information about what was happening in the labor camp in which I was kept, and what were the provocations, to my friends in Moscow, to Academician Andrei Sakharov," he said.

According to Dzhemilev, everyone knew when he would go on a hunger strike to make it public, to start holding press conferences, and tell about the struggle of the Crimean Tatar people.

“1974-76 were successful in informing the world community about the struggle of the Crimean Tatars, because all the big radio stations that worked in the Soviet Union - Deutsche Welle, Radio Liberty, Voice of America, they all talked about the problem Crimean Tatars. They reminded that "today is the 20th, 30th, 40th, and 100th days of the hunger strike of Mustafa Dzhemilev," and at the same time they explained why this man went on a hunger strike, talked about the demands of the people, told how they were deported,” Dzhemilev said.

Earlier, Dzhemilev called on political prisoner Ruslan Zeitullaev to stop his indefinite hunger strike, since he was already able to draw attention to lawlessness in the Russian Federation. Zeytullaev announced an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the unfair treatment of Crimean Tatars.

QHA reported that Volodymyr Balukh continues his hunger strike, started on March 19 in Simferopol jail.
Ombudsman of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova asked the Russian side to organize a medical examination for political prisoner Balukh and check the conditions of his detention.

Volodymyr Balukh continues his hunger strike, having health problems. Human rights defender Volodymyr Chekrygin said that Balukh has liver problems and he has a cold.

Reference: Balukh declared an indefinite hunger strike, protesting against the verdict of the court. March 19, the Ukrainian was transferred to a solitary confinement cell.

The Razdolnensky district court in the occupied Crimea sentenced Volodymyr Balukh to 3 years and 7 months of imprisonment for his civil position. Volodymyr Balukh will serve time in the colony-settlement. The Ukrainian activist was taken into custody in the courthouse.

Volodymyr Balukh is a Crimean farmer, who hung out a Ukrainian flag on his house in 2014, which was repeatedly ripped off by Crimean security officials. In November 2016 Volodymyr attached to his house a sign with the inscription "18, Heroes of Heavenly Hundred Street”.

According to him, he then started receiving threats from local “administration” saying that if he did not remove it, then some drugs or weapons could be found in his house, which, in fact, happened.

QHA