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 Ukrainian activist Balukh to remain in custody in occupied Crimea until March 4

The Kremlin-controlled "Supreme Court" of Crimea has extended the arrest of Ukrainian activist and Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh until March 4.

Journalist Anton Naumliuk said on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Volodymyr Balukh will stay in custody until March 4. The complaint, which was filed a month ago, was considered only today by Crimea's Supreme Court. The use of any camera was traditionally forbidden during the hearing. He is holding on and is prepared to anything. I think he heard me saying I went to Serebrianka [Balukh's native village - ed.], and that the mom is fine, and Ukraine stands by him," Naumliuk said.

Read more: Ukrainian activist Balukh detained in Crimea, - Crimean Human Rights Group. PHOTO

"Everything that is happening, including the third search, is an attempt to put pressure on me. Because in this vile world that the state is cultivating, I chose to remain a human being," Balukh said in court. "It's not so hard to check the appeal and cassation complaints to see that a year ago they threatened to plant firearms and ammunition on me to do what they've done. To deprive me of means of subsistence, to break me down. It makes no sense, they can deprive me of money and life, but my spirit won't be broken."

Read more: Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on recent detentions in occupied Crimea: "Russia's intimidation policy reached new level, reprisals mill actually never stopped"

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 is accused of committing a crime under part 1, article 222 (illegal possession and carrying of firearms and ammunition) of Russia's Criminal Code.
 
 
 
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