Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh forcefully transferred to Simferopol

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Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was forcefully transferred to Simferopol remand center from Kerch prison supposedly due to the court session, as the Crimean human rights group reported on
FacebookAccording to the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea, on January 30, 2019 the court received a cassation review of Prosecutors Office of Crimea on the verdict of Razdolnenskiy District Court in Balukhs case on disruption of activity Razdolnenskiy prison cell.

The human rights activists informed that Sergiy Bulhakov, First Deputy of the Prosecutor, former officer of the Ukrainian Prosecutors Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, filed the cassation review. Criminal proceeding under the article of Ukraines Criminal Code on state treason.
Volodymyr Balukh and his defenders are not familiar with the content of this causational review, so it remains unknown what exactly the prosecutor asks. The Ukrainian refuses to take part in any session of the occupation courts stating that they are illegal, so he was against transferring to Simferopol, the human rights activists noted.

Earlier, the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ahtem Chyigoz, reported thatUkrainian political prisoner VolodymyrBalukh
was beaten up and threatened to getkilled in the Simferopol remand center.
According to the Deputy Chairman,Balukhwas taken out from his cell, severely beaten up and is threatened to getkilled.

On September 10,the Supreme Court of occupied Crimeacontrolled by the Kremlin did not grant the appeal of Volodymyr Balukhs lawyer Olga Dinzeon his conditional release. It was noted that the activist participated in the session through a video conference from the remand prison.
Balukhwas arrested on December 8, 2016, nine days after he nailed a plaque renaming his home No. 18 Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan.
He had rejected demands from the head of the local council to remove it. During an irregular search of his home, 90 bullets and several TNT explosive devices were allegedly found in his attic.

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KhPG) stated that he had no record of violence and the constant searches and series of administrative prosecutions he had faced since Russias invasion of Crimea for his openly pro-Ukrainian position made it inconceivable that he could have held anything illegal in his home.
The implausibility of the charges was just one of several compelling reasons why the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre declared hima political prisonerwell before the trial.

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