"Balukh went on a hunger strike in late March 2018. It has been almost 2.5 months since he refused to take food. The only thing is that he has somewhat mitigated his abstinence from food after the first month of the hunger strike by starting to take starch drinks and rusks as he has lost 30 kg. We started losing him. Many thanks to Archbishop Klement - he persuaded him to start taking at least some food," Dinze noted.
Balukh went on a hunger strike on March 19 in protest against his charges which he believes were trumped-up.
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.