Ukrainian Balukh given only bread and water in punishment cell. The administration of Russian colony refuses to receive parcels for political prisoner
Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was placed in a punishment cell of the colony No. 4 in the Russian city of Torzhok, Tver Region. He will be kept there until April 19.
According to the Crimean Human Rights group, Balukh’s sister Nadezhda learned about it today, April 9, from the administration of the colony.
They again refused to accept the package with food and clothes, arguing that while the prisoner was in the punishment cell, parcels and visits were not allowed to him. In a punishment cell, prisoners are kept in strict conditions on bread and water, human rights activists wrote.
On April 8, Nadezhda Balukh also tried to send food and clothes to her brother, but the administration of the colony then refused by saying “Monday is not a reception day.”
On March 27, it was reported that Balukh was placed in the punishment cell of the Tver prison, and the prison administration did not accept the parcels for him as “it is not allowed in a punishment cell”.
During the events on Maidan in Kyiv, Volodymyr Balukh raised the flag of Ukraine over his house in the Razdolnensky district of Crimea. After the occupation of the peninsula, he did not remove the flag, for which the Russian authorities began their persecution. Since April 2015, illegal searches were conducted in the house of the Ukrainian, during which Russian security forces repeatedly removed the national flag of Ukraine from the roof of his house.
In 2017, the Razdolnensky District Court sentenced Balukh to 5 years in a general regime colony and a fine of 10 thousand rubles in the aggregate of two criminal cases, allegedly for beating the “head of the temporary detention facility” in the Crimea and for the illegal acquisition, sale and possession of weapons. In October 2018, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea revised the sentence to Balukh, previously convicted to 5 years in prison, and reduced the term by only one month, sentencing him to 4 years and 11 months in prison and a fine of 10 thousand rubles. October 18, the Ukrainian was taken to the Kerch correctional colony No.2. On January 25, 2019, the “Kerch City Court” did not satisfy the petition of the defense of the Ukrainian activist for his release on parole. After that, Balukh was transferred to Russia.