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20.03.2017

The second “judicial” meeting on the case of Ukrainian activist Balukh took place in Crimea

Володимир Балух, світлина з сайту hromadske.ua

In Crimea, the Razdolnensky District Court continues to examine the case of Ukrainian resident Vladimir Balukh. He is accused of “illegal possession of weapons, their main parts, ammunition” (Article 222 Part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

During the regular hearing that took place today, on 20 March, witnesses who on 8 December 2016 arrived together with the police to search the house of Balukh’s mother were questioned. During the meeting, an officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was questioned, who was also present during the search. During this search the police allegedly “found” ammunition in the house of Baluch’s mother, in which the activist is now being accused.

According to the Crimean human rights group, the testimony of these witnesses confirm Balukh’s and his defence statements about numerous procedural violations during the searches on 8 December.

The officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Bobrov, who allegedly “found” cartridges and is a witness on the part of the prosecution, has not been to the court session for the second time.

Recall that on 8 December, FSS officers conducted searches in the homes of Vladimir Balukh and his mother. Employees of the FSS said that in the attic of the house where Vladimir Balukh lived, 90 cartridges and several TNT checkers were found.

The activist was detained after the searches. On 12 December, the Razdolnensky district court of Crimea chose a preventive measure for the Crimean resident in the form of detention for a period of 30 days. In the prison of Simferopol, Balukh’s health deteriorated, back pain intensified, and chronic bronchitis worsened.

The first court hearing, where the Baluch’s case was considered in fact, took place in the Razdolnensky District Court on 16 March. During the meeting, the testimony of four “witnesses” were heard, which were presented by the prosecution. These were fellow villager of Balukh, his wife and two employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Earlier, CHRG stated about the obvious political persecution of the Ukrainian activist. According to the CHRG experts, the actions of judicial and security forces contain gross violations not only of international but also Russian criminal procedure legislation (which is de facto applied in Crimea).

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31.07.2017

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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