Balukh beaten in Crimean jail, Denisova demands immediate access to Ukrainian citizen
Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova demanded that immediate access to the Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh be granted to her, as he had been brutally beaten up in a Simferopol jail.
"Yesterday Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh was brutally beaten up and threatened with death: "to throw into a pit." You all remember for what, for the stable pro-Ukrainian position, for the blue-yellow flag on the building, for will and desire for freedom," Denisova wrote on her Facebook page.
She said that Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova that Balukh allegedly provoked the conflict.
"Tatyana Moskalkova says that he is to be punished. It was not done only, taking into account his state," Denisova said.
"But I know the truth. He was taken out of the cell, far away from the video surveillance, and they tried to put him on his knees, but he spat in the face of the guards, and he was not broken," the Ukrainian ombudsman said.
Denisova noted that Balukh is soon to be sent to a penal colony, and that something may happen on the road with him.
She said that Moskalkova assured her that she addressed all responsible authorities seeking for a permit to visit Balukh and other political prisoner Kirill Vyshinsky synchronously.