SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Ukrainian activist, illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Volodymyr Balukh continues his hunger strike since March 19 in the jail of Simferopol, the press service of the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights reported.

Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova appealed to her Russian colleague to organize a medical examination for political prisoner Balukh and check the conditions of his detention.

“Because of the lack of communication with Balukh relatives have concerns about the state of his health and the conditions of his detention in the remand prison. Because of this, I appeal to you with a request to assist in organizing the examination of Balukh VG. by qualified doctors and instruct to check the conditions of his detention in the remand prison”.

Denisova stressed that the state of Volodymyr Balukh deteriorated after refusing to eat.

“We received information that after the refusal of food, the health condition of Balukh VG. sharply worsened. In addition, after his transfer to solitary confinement, he was not allowed to take personal things with him.”

The Ombudsman further noted that the lawyer of the Ukrainian political prisoner could not meet with the defendant in the pretrial detention center.

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

Reference: Balukh announced an indefinite hunger strike, protesting against this verdict of the court. On March 19, the Ukrainian was transferred to a solitary confinement cell in which the invaders would keep him during the hunger strike.

Earlier 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