Lawyer: Balukh feels very bad, takes strong painkillers

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, 47, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian-controlled prison in Crimea since March 19, suffers from a severe headache, dizziness, pain in the back and the liver.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, Olga Dinze, the lawyer of Ukrainian activist, says her client has to take strong painkillers.

"My client has a sickly look, he feels very bad. Volodymyr suffers from a severe headache, dizziness, pain in the back and the liver. He takes painkillers. The situation with the hunger strike remains unchanged," Dinze said after visiting her client in a Simferopol jail on Monday following a court session, the Crimean human rights group said.

Balukh continues an indefinite hunger strike which he went on March 19, 2018. He was detained by the FSB in Crimea in December 2016.

After 2014, he remained a citizen of Ukraine, having refused to obtain Russian citizenship.

Balukh 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/n3085507