Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh placed under house arrest in occupied Crimea

21:42, 01 December 2017
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A Russian-controlled court in occupied Crimea has revised pre-trial restrictions for Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, who was remanded in a pre-trial detention center, and placed him under house arrest.

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A respective court ruling was passed by judge of Crimea's Rozdolnensky district court Elena Tedeyeva.

Balukh is not allowed to leave his house, communicate with witnesses, use the Internet and emails.

Read alsoUkrainian activist Balukh jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea on flagrantly falsified chargesAs UNIAN reported earlier, Volodymyr Balukh, 46, a Ukrainian activist and recognized political prisoner, in August 2017 was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison after a gravely flawed trial which human rights groups condemned as reprisal for his open opposition to Russia's occupation of his native Crimea.

However, during hearings on the appeal, his verdict was revoked and the case was sent for reconsideration.

Russia's FSB security service detained Balukh on December 8, 2016. The Russian law enforcers claimed they allegedly had found 90 bullets and several TNT explosive devices in his attic. 

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