European Union Demands Immediate Release of Pavlo Hryb
Pavlo Hryb was abducted by the Russian FSB in August 2017, when he was just 19 years old. This happened in the Belarusian city of Gomel. After Pavlo's disappearance, it became known that he was illegally transferred to a Russian prison in Krasnodar
The European Union demanded the immediate release of 20-year old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb, illegally sentenced to six years of prison by a Russian court.
The statement also demands that the Russians grant him access to the special medical treatment he needs. Ukrainian doctors should also be allowed to see him as required by the European Court of Human Rights.
Six years in prison is a death sentence. That’s how Ihor Hryb, the father of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb commented on his son’s sentence, announced by the Russian court.
He said that the court took the side of the prosecution and gave Pavlo 6 years of imprisonment. Ihor Hryb states that his son needs urgent medical surgery that would allow him to live.
“The sentence is quite predictable. There were no illusions about the release from custody. But, de facto, it is a death sentence for Pavlo. Because staying behind bars is a direct path to death. He needs urgent surgery to stay alive. And given the fact that he has gone on a hunger strike – his death could happen within a month,” father of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb, Ihor Hryb said.
A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb to 6 years in prison. The court hearing lasted about 5 minutes. Pavlo’s defense has already filed an appeal. This was reported by his lawyer Marina Dubrovina. After the sentence was announced, the Ukrainian started a hunger strike.
“This hunger strike, as they say, is not connected with the sentence, but is connected with his state of health. We understand that what is written on paper and what the reality is, it’s two different things. The doctor who came into the courtroom yesterday said one very important phrase – you are not letting me hospitalize him,” lawyer Maryna Dubrovina said.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is demanding that Russia cancel the illegal and unlawful sentence of Pavlo Hryb.
The Russian Federation grossly violated the norms of international law by detaining the Ukrainian political prisoner, as well as by not providing him with medical assistance. According to his health condition, Pavlo can not be transferred from the pre-trial detention center to the penal colony. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the international community to react.
“Charity, humanity, dignity – these concepts are not known to the occupying country, the aggressor country. Russian pseudo-justice sentenced seriously ill Pavlo Hryb to 6 years in a penal colony. I urge the civilized world to put pressure on Russia for his early release,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on Twitter.
“Today the ‘kangaroo court’ on the case of Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, has ended. I urge the international community to step up pressure on the aggressor-state, the Russian Federation, due to the violation of rights for a fair trial and right to live, of a citizen of Ukraine, Pavlo Hryb. The North-Caucasus district military court of the Russian Federation has sentenced Pavlo Hryb to 6 years in prison on March 22, 2019 under the fake charges of instigating the commitment of terrorist attacks,” Ukrainian State Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook.
Pavlo Hryb was abducted by the Russian FSB in August 2017, when he was just 19 years old. This happened in the Belarusian city of Gomel. After Pavlo’s disappearance, it became known that he was illegally transferred to a Russian prison in Krasnodar.
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