Jailed Ukrainian activist goes on hunger strike in occupied Crimea
A 46-year-old Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian activist and recognized political prisoner, who was sentenced in the annexed Crimea for "storing ammunition", has announced an indefinite hunger strike.
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.