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December 1, the judge of the Razdolnensky district court Elena Tedeyeva changed the measure of restraint for Volodymir Balukh to "house arrest", QHA correspondent reports.

The defense requested the court to elect a preventive measure for Balukh that was not related to imprisonment, and provided the court with characteristics from many people who characterize the activist as a decent person. Also, the side of protection indicates that he has a dependent mother.

Moreover, during the court session  the statement of Volodymir 's mother was read out, specifying that she did not mind putting Volodymir into her house if the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest was chosen. In this regard, the protection appealed for the election of the preventive measure in the form of a written undertaking not to leave the country, and in the event Balukh was placed under house arrest the defence insisted on a permission for morning walks from 7am to 10am, as well as evening walks outside the household.

Prosecutor Dmitry Korolev also considered that substitution of “imprisonment” with "house arrest" was possible. After hearing the arguments of the defense and the position of the prosecutor, the "judge" Tedeyeva, decided to put Volodymir Balukh under house arrest.

Balukh is forbidden to leave the house, as well as to communicate with witnesses, including his wife, as she is a witness. Baluch does not agree with such restrictions, arguing that he will not be able to help his mother with works on household plot.

Reportedly, the activist was released right from the courtroom.


Reference: Volodymir 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 Volodymir 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.

During the court session on the question of whether he has any appeals, Volodymir Balukh replied that he would "apply to all judges, prosecutors, investigators not now, but when a measure of restraint to be elected."

The day before, November 30, Razdolnensky district court of the occupied Crimea, stated to consider the petition of the prosecution against the Crimean activist Volodymir Balukh on December 1.

The prosecution requested for the extension of the detention in the remand center.

QHA reported that the Supreme Court of Crimea held a hearing of the second appeal against the decision of the Razdolnensky Court to extend the preventive measure against Volodymir Balukh. Human rights activist Olga Dinze, who represents the defense of Balukh, asked to postpone the meeting because she could not attend the trial.

Earlier, Judge Sobalyuk decided to revoce the previous decision of the Razdolnensky Court regarding the Crimean activist Volodymir Balukh and left him in custody until December 4th.

Recall, 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 Volodymir 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

QHA