According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, the move is a show of protest against the verdict.

Read alsoUkraine shows full list of "Kremlin prisoners"On March 14, the Kremlin-controlled supreme court of Crimea changed the verdict against Balukh. A judge excluded from the indictment the notion of "acquisition of ammunition". In this regard, the sentence was reduced by two months, i.e. to 3 years 5 months of imprisonment in a penal colony.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the court also ordered that Balukh pay a 10,000-ruble ($175) fine.

The Ukrainian man was arrested in December 2016, after the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed explosives and 90 bullets had been found in his attic.