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U.S. Embassy in Ukraine urges Russia to provide political prisoner Balukh with medical help

 


U.S. Embassy in Ukraine urges Russia to provide political prisoner Balukh with medical help

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh
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U.S. Embassy in Ukraine called on Russia to provide Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh with the medical treatment. The embassy reported this on Twitter.
 “We call on Russia immediately to provide the political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh with the necessary medical help, his health condition deteriorated after he was put in the punishment cell and was being fed only with water and bred,” the report said.
Balukh was arrested on December 8, 2016, nine days after he nailed a plaque renaming his home No. 18 to “Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya St’ in memory of the over 100 Maidan activists who were killed during Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. 

He had rejected the demands of 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. 
The implausibility of the charges was just one of several compelling reasons why the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre declared him a political prisoner well before the trial.

Earlier, the representative of Ukraine’s Consulate to Russia was not let to visit the Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh.
Russian Federal Penitentiary Service has informed that Balukh is a Russian citizen, which was the reason why the diplomat was not allowed to see him.
Balukh's lawyer Olga Dinze visited him in a penal colony No.4 and said that he still was in a punishment cell, over that time he was sent there three times on spurious grounds.
The administration reported that the Ukrainian political prisoner would go out of the punishment cell on May 19. He eats bread and drinks water in the cell. His health condition got worse. His legs are swollen which means that he has kidney issues.

 
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