Balukh is accused of illegal acquisition and possession of ammunition. The activist does not agree with the accusations and pleads not guilty. He faces up to four years in prison.
The experts believe that the new criminal case against Balukh is a continuation of activist's politically motivated persecution for his pro-Ukrainian public position.
On Dec. 8, 2016, Russia's security agents came to Crimea's Serebrianka village for searches in the homes of Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh and his mother.
After four hours of searches, the operatives "found" cartridges and dynamite in the attic of Balukh's house. There are reasons to believe that the ammunition was planted during the search in order to trump up charges against the activist.
On Dec. 12, Balukh was remanded in a 30-day custody.