SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

On December 20, the Kremlin-controlled “Supreme Court” of the occupied Crimea considered another appeal against the preventive measure in the form of house arrest for Volodymyr Balukh, Ukrainian activist, QHA correspondent reported.

Balukh could not go to the toilet, although the defense of the suspect noted that it was outside the house and such a decision of the so-called “court” was a gross violation of human rights.

The "court" also forbade Baluch to communicate with his wife, son and lawyers.

By the request of the prosecutor, Judge Mikhail Sobolyuk,  closed the "court session", since the decision of the so-called Razdolnensky “court” was already challenged in the Kremlin-controlled "Supreme Court" of the Crimea.

Earlier, QHA reported that in the occupied Simferopol, a preliminary investigation ended on the criminal case against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh. The case was initiated under part 1 of Art. 318 of the Russian Criminal Code (the use of violence against a representative of the authorities). Balukh is accused of allegedly hitting Valery Tkachenko, the Head of Razdolnensky detention center.

According to the lawyer Dmitry Dinze, a protocol of familiarization with the case materials was signed on December 17.

Earlier, the “judge" of the so-called Razdolnensky district court appointed the next court hearing in the case of Volodymyr Balukh for December 20. Supreme court’s hearing on the Balukh’s appeal was scheduled for the same day. It is unclear how he was supposed to attend simultaneously 2 court hearings during one day.

Previously, the Razdolnensky district court was to interrogate Viktor Palagin, the head of the Crimean Federal Security Service, as a witness in the case of Volodymyr Balukh, but he did not appear in court. Leonov and Zabar, other FSB agents summoned by the court as witnesses, also did not attend the court session.

The defense of Volodymyr Balukh informed that they would challenge the decision of the court, which changed the preventive measure for the detainee for house arrest, but without the right to move around the house and communicate by phone with lawyers.

On October 24, the Kremlin-controlled Razdolnensky district court left the Ukrainian activist Volodymir Balukh in custody until January 16, 2018.

During the debate, the prosecutor stated that there were no grounds for changing the measure of detention, and that Balukh, while at large, could allegedly begin to engage in "illegal activities" again.

December 8, 2016, FSB officers in the annexed Crimea arrived in the village of Serebryanka, where they conducted searches in the homes of Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh and his mother. After the search, the activist was detained allegedly because of the evidence found in the attic of the house in the form of 90 rounds and TNT.

August 4, Razdolnensky court of the Crimea sentenced Balukh to 3 years and 7 months of imprisonment in the colony of the general regime, as well as a fine of 10 thousand rubles.

Reference: Volodymyr Balukh is a Crimean farmer who hung a Ukrainian flag on his house in 2014, which was repeatedly ripped off by the Crimean security forces. In November 2016 Volodymyr attached a sign to his house with the inscription "18, Heroes of Heavenly Hundred Street". According to him, after that he 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