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“Razdolnensky Court” ordered officers of the FSS to appear as witnesses in the Balukh case

On 31 July, 2017, a regular meeting was held in the Razdolnensky District Court regarding the Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh.

Balukh told the “court” that his house had been kept under surveillance for a long time, and during the search the police forbade him to move around the house. Baluch was not in the attic where ammunition was found since 1997. After questioning the defendant, the court refused to re-interrogate witnesses whose information contradicted Balukh’s testimony.

As it turned out at the hearing, the expert assessments appointed at the request of the defence were not fully carried out. However, the defence’s petition for the need to conduct repeated investigations was rejected as unfounded after the long absence of “judge” Maria Bedritska in the advisory room.

Also, the “court” refused to review the schedule of the next meetings due to the absence of lawyer Dmitry Dinze, who is currently studying. Bedritskaya did not find a violation of the rights of the defendant in this and refused to satisfy the petition. At the same time, she did not accept her challenge of a judge from Vladimir Balukh, believing that his allegations about the court’s bias were unreasonable.

The “court” ordered the witnesses, who were FSS officers, to appear for testimony at the next court session.

Earlier, the Crimean human rights group reported that Vladimir Balukh had been taken to the Razdolnensky District Court from the Simferopol detention centre with a delay of more than two hours.

During one of the last session of the court, on 27 July, Balukh was under pressure, and he was called “First Aid.” The defence of the Ukrainian stated then that all documents submitted by the prosecution were drawn up with procedural violations. In addition, the documents of the investigation have different data on the number of cartridges and the weight of TNT, which were allegedly found in the attic of Balukh’s house.

Recall that a Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh is under the trial in Crimea on a fabricated criminal case. The FSS detained the Crimean citizen on the morning of 8 December last year. Employees of the FSS said that 90 cartridges and several TNT grenades were found in the attic of the house where the activist lives. A criminal case was opened under Article 222 part 1; (Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, its main parts, ammunition), Article 222.1 part 1 of the Criminal Code (Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying explosives or explosive devices) with respect to the activist.

The gross violations of fundamental human rights and the procedural norms by 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 Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh for political reasons.



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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