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Ukrainian film director and former political prisoner Oleh Sentsov has said former Kremlin prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was beaten in the capital city of Kyiv.

Balukh was found in the morning of September 8 and taken to a hospital, Sentsov wrote on Facebook.

Read alsoUkraine's FM calls on UN to multiply efforts toward release of Ukrainian political prisonersAccording to Sentsov, Balukh is conscious. He has a broken arm and collarbone. There is no threat to life.

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The details of the incident are being clarified.

Who is Balukh

  • Balukh, a Crimean farmer, was detained by Russia's FSB Federal Security Service on December 8, 2016.
  • FSB operatives claimed they had allegedly found 90 ammunition rounds and several TNT explosives in his attic.
  • On July 5, 2018, a Russian-controlled in Crimea sentenced him to five years in a penal colony and a RUB 10,000 fine.
  • On October 3, 2018, the so-called "Supreme Court of Crimea" reviewed Balukh's original verdict and reduced his term to four years and 11 months.
  • On September 7, 2019, he was returned by Russia to Ukraine as part of a prisoner swap.