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 Balukh's mother not going to ask Putin to pardon her son as it would mean admitting his guilt. VIDEO

Natalia Balukh, mother of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh hunger-striking in Crimean remand prison, says she is not going not ask President Vladimir Putin of Russia to pardon her son.

"I am not going to ask Putin. Vova (Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh - Ed.) would not understand this. He was opposed to asking [for pardon]. Asking [for pardon] means admitting his guilt. But he cannot plead guilty of something he never committed," Krym.Realii media outlet quoted Natalia Balukh as saying, Censor.NET reports.

Volodymyr Balukh continues an indefinite hunger strike which he went on March 19, 2018.

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.

On July 5, 2018, the same "court" sentenced Balukh to 5 years in a general regime penal colony and fined him 10,000 rubles (about $150) under the criminal case filed against him over alleged disruption of work of the pretrial detention facility.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3077116