Ukrainian activist will spend another one month under arrest in Crimea


The Crimean Court has extended the arrest of Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh.

It is reported by the Crimean Human Rights Group.

“Today, the 3rd of February, 2017, Judge Alexander Abeljashev has extended Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh’s custody as a preventive measure for one more month i.e. until March 4. The Ukrainian was taken for trial from the Simferopol Detention Facility,” said the statement of the human rights defenders.

The same judge had previously remanded the activist in custody and then extended it until February 5.

The Crimean Human Rights Group has repeatedly reported that remaining Balukh in custody is dangerous for his health.

According to Balukh’s advocacy there is no reason to hold him in custody.

As a reminder, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia came searched the village of Serebryanka in Crimea December 8, 2016. The searches were carried out a few hours in the houses of Vladimir Balukh and his mother. The FSB’s officers allegedly found ammunition and dynamite on the roof of the activist’s house. Human rights activists believe that ammunition was planted during the search with the aim of falsifying a criminal case against the activist, who does not hide his pro Ukrainian position.


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