As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii media outlet, on July 2, the Russian "prosecutor" requested to sentence Balukh to 4 years in a general regime colony on charges of alleged disruption of work of the pretrial detention facility. Taking into account the activist’s previous verdict, he was sentenced to 6 years in a general regime colony and fined 10,000 rubles.
This case against the activist was fabricated based on allegations made by Valery Tkachenko, the chief of pretrial detention facility in the occupied village of Razdolnoe, who claimed that Balukh had allegedly beaten him. The activist and his defense insist that it was Tkachenko who attacked Balukh, not the other way around.
Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh was detained by the FSB in Crimea in December 2016.
After 2014, he remained a citizen of Ukraine, having refused to obtain Russian citizenship.
He was accused of committing a crime under part 1, article 222 (illegal possession and carrying of firearms and ammunition) of Russia's Criminal Code.
On Jan 16, 2018, the so-called "Razdolnensky district court of Crimea" sentenced Balukh to 3 years and 7 months in the penal colony settlement and a fine of 10,000 rubles.
Balukh went on a hunger strike on March 19 in protest against his charges which he believes were trumped-up.