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 44-year-old farmer Balukh tried in Crimea for hanging out Ukrainian flag. PHOTO

The court of northern Crimea Rozdolne village is hearing a criminal case against Volodymyr Balukh who encountered troubles after he had hung out a flag of Ukraine.

44-year-old farmer Volodymyr Balukh lives on the outskirts of Serebrianka village, 18 kilometers from Crimea's smallest district center - Rozdolne, Censor.NET reports citing Novaya Gazeta.

In December 2013, after Euromaidan started, Volodymyr hoisted a Ukrainian flag over his house. After Crimea was occupied by Russia, he did it again.

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"I do not recognize this incorporation, even refused to obtain Russian passport," Balukh said.

In April 2015, FSB officers came to his house for the first time. The flag of Ukraine was taken down. He was suspected of stealing tractor spare parts. According to investigators, Balukh allegedly said it to a casual person in a cafe.

Six months later, they came again. Now he was charged with stealing a car, which again he allegedly told someone in a cafe.

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The search of his home revealed no car or at least its traces. As a result, the case was instituted under article 319 of Russia's Criminal Code (insulting officials). The punishment is not tough - up to one year of corrective labor, while proving your innocence is almost impossible.
 
 
 
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