An activist arrested in Crimea needs urgent medical assistance


Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who is in a temporary detention facility in the village of Razdolnoe in Crimea, was visited by an ambulance.

It is reported by the Crimean Human Rights Group, citing the prisoner’s wife Natalia Balukh.

According to the wife, the doctor who examined the activist did not diagnose the case and did not provide the prisoner with any evidences of his visit, but assigned the drugs, which list was later handed to the wife.

“There are antibiotic, untirhinitis and antitussives, as well as medicines for gastrointestinal treatment in the list of the prescribed drugs. At the moment there is no information whether Volodymyr has eventually received those medicines or not as well as his accurate diagnosis is still unknown too,” said the Human Rights Group.

Also Natalia Balukh said that the last time she had seen her husband at the court hearing on December 27. “We were not allowed to talk. He looked like sick and thinned down,” said the woman.

The Crimean Court has previously extended Balukh’s pre-trial custody restrictions till February 5, 2017. He is charged with illegal possession of ammunition.

As a reminder, officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia arrived to search at the village of Serebrjanka, the Razdolnensky district of Crimea, on December 8, 2016. The searches were held in the houses of Volodymyr Balukh and his mother — the inhabitants of the village. While searching the FSB allegedly found dynamite and ammunition on the roof of Balukh’s house. There is reason to believe that the ammunition was planted during the search with the aim of falsifying a criminal case against the activist, who does not veil his pro-Ukrainian views.

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