On June 1 a court session on extending the period of remand in custody for the Ukrainian activist Vladimir Baluh was held in the “Razdolnensky District Court”. But it resulted in reducing of detention period, according to the Crimean Human Rights Group reported.

The extension of the detention term until September 4, 2017 was reviewed at the “session”. However, judge Galina Redko changed the Razdolnensky District Court decision, reducing the detention period for Vladimir Baluh until August 21, 2017.

The experts from Crimean Human Rights Group commented on the judge’s decision:

“Defining the activist’s detention period until September 4, the judge of the Razdolnensky District Court Maria Bedritskaya ignored the provisions of the Russian law. Since the criminal case of the activist went to the court of first instance on February 21, 2017, according to the de facto Russian Federation criminal procedure legislation, Vladimir Baluh should be immediately released from custody, in case the Razdolnensky district court fails to reach a verdict in a criminal cause against him until August 21, 2017".

Earlier, Baluh said that the remand prison staff had insulted him for he made no secret of his ethnicity.

Reference, On December 8 FSB officials in occupied Crimea came to Serebryanka village where they searched houses of Vladimir Baluh and his mother. Following the search, the Ukrainian activist was detained for the possession of 90 rounds of ammunition and TNT blocks, allegedly found in the attic of his house.