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Crimean “court” left Vladimir Balukh in custody until 4 June

On 2 March, 2017, the judge of the Razdolnensky District Court, Maria Bedritskaya, extended the measure of restraint to Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh as being in custody until 4 June.

Earlier the terms of detention were prolonged for a month for Ukrainian, but today the judge decided to extend it for three months.

The gross violations of fundamental human rights and the procedural norms of the de facto Russian legislation in Crimea, as well as unreasonable decisions to extend the term of detention, speak of fabricating a criminal case against Vladimir Balukh for political reasons.

Earlier, the Crimean human rights group reported that on 27 December, the Razdolnensky District Court left Vladimir Balukh in custody until 5 February, 2017, and on 3 February his detention was prolonged until 4 March.

Defence of the Ukrainian tried to appeal the measure of restraint. On 28 February, 2017, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea considered appeals against the decisions of the Razdolnensky District Court, which were passed on 27 December, 2016 and 3 February, 2017, but the “court” left Balukh in custody.

The CHRG experts note that the measure of restraint that was chosen for Balukh is disproportionate to the public danger of a crime in the commission of which he is accused. A blatant fact is that the defendant is being held in custody for a tiny article without any serious grounds. At the same time, Balukh’s health is getting worse in general, chronic diseases worsen.

The FSS detained Balukh on the morning of 8 December last year. Employees of the FSS said that in the attic of the house where Vladimir Balukh lives, 90 cartridges and several TNT grenades were found.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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