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The “Supreme Court” of Crimea left the Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh in pre-detention centre

Today, on 22 December, in the so-called “Supreme Court” of Crimea the consideration of complaints against the court decision on measures of restraint in the form of detention of Vladimir Balukh took place. The activist was taken to the courtroom from the pre-detention centre. The complaint was considered by the “judge” Boris Balakhonov.

The appeal was rejected by the court and Vladimir Balukh remained in custody until 6 January 2017.

Earlier, on 8 December the Russian Federal Security Service agents raided the homes of Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh and his mother. After the searches the activist was detained. On 12 December Razdolnensky district “court” of Crimea has chosen measure of restraint for the Crimean citizen in the form of detention for a period of 30 days. The wife of the Ukrainian reported to the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) that after the arrest the state of health of Balukh deteriorated and the back pain increased. The ward in the pre-detention centre which contain Balukh is overcrowded (14 beds for 24 persons).

Let’s recall that Vladimir Balukh is accused of “illegal possession of weapons, its main parts and ammunition” (Art. 222, part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). CHRG stated about the explicitly political persecution of the Ukrainian activist. According to experts of the CHRG, in the actions of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies gross violations of not only international but also Russian criminal procedural law (which is de facto applied in Crimea) 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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