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One Occupied Crimean Flies The Ukrainian Flag
8 August, 2016

What You Need To Know:

Volodymyr Balukh put up the Ukrainian flag above his house in 2013, when Euromaidan in Kyiv started;

He was beaten, arrested and persecuted by Russian security officials because of his position;

The authorities in Crimea framed Volodymyr, fined him and sentenced him to 320 hours of community service.

Volodymyr Balukh has lived in Crimea his entire life. He put up the Ukrainian flag above his house in 2013 when the Euromaidan in Kyiv started. He refused Russian citizenship and still lives in Crimea with a Ukrainian passport.

“The reaction of people is different. Some people really support me. Others are shocked that Russia hasn’t done anything with me yet and that I’m still here, among them,” says Volodymyr.

His pro-Ukrainian position led to his persecution by Russian security officials. They searched his house and the Crimean court, which is under Russian control, sentenced him to 320 hours of community service.