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On November 7, the Razdolnensky District Court in the occupied Crimea began the re-trial on the case against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, accused of illegal storing ammunition and explosives in a house in the attic, which were allegedly found during searches, correspondent of the Radio Liberty Anton Naumlyuk reported on Facebook.

“The search conducted was already the third in two years. Before that, Balukh had been administratively tried several times, fined and arrested. In 2014, he hung a Ukrainian flag on his house, which was repeatedly ripped off by policemen, and he renounced Russian citizenship. Balukh was sentenced to three years and seven months, after the appeal in the case, it was sent for re-consideration, which began today," he wrote.

Earlier, QHA reported that the Razdolnensky District Court extended the arrest of the Ukrainian activist until January 16, 2018. During the debate, the prosecutor stated that grounds for changing the detention were absent, and that Balukh, could allegedly engage in "illegal activities" again while at large.

Reference: August 4, Razdolnensky Court in the annexed Crimea sentenced the Ukrainian activist Vladimir Baluh to 3 years and 7 months in the colony of general regime, as well as a fine of 10 thousand rubles.

On October 2, the case of the Ukrainian activist was referred for additional investigation.

On December 8 FSB officials in occupied Crimea came to Serebryanka village where they searched houses of Vladimir Baluh and his mother. Following the search, the Ukrainian activist was detained for the possession of 90 rounds of ammunition and TNT blocks, allegedly found in the attic of his house.

QHA