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Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh was detained in Crimea by the Russian Federal Security Service

Володимир Балух, світлина з сайту hromadske.ua

On the morning of 8 December the Russian Federal Security Service officers came with searches to the village Serebryanka of Razdolnenskiy region of Crimea. The searches were carried out for 4 hours in the homes of Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh and his mother. After the searches the activist was detained.

This was reported to the Crimean human rights group by the wife of Balukh. The Russian Federal Security Service reported that 90 rounds of ammunition and some TNT blocks were found in the attic of the house where Vladimir Balukh lives. Relatives believe that the ammunition was thrown in by Russian Federal Security Service officers during a search.

Today the judgment on the election of a preventive measure against the activist was supposed to take place. At the moment, it is known that Vladimir Balukh is in Razdolnensky pre-detention centre.

Vladimir Balukh – an activist known for his pro-Ukrainian position. Crimean human rights group previously reported that police have already conducted two searches in the house of Balukh and his relatives. The first search took place in April 2015. During this search Ukrainian flag was taken from the roof of the house. After the second search, the Ukrainian was accused of insulting a police officer Eugene Baranov and sentenced to 320 hours of compulsory labour.

On 29 November, 2016 Vladimir Balukh posted a sign “the street of the Heaven’s Hundred Heroes 18” on the wall of his house. After that, the village council chairman Stepaniuk Vitaliy came to his home threatening to call the police



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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