Russian Court Sentences Pavlo Hryb to Six Years in Prison
After the verdict, Hyrb announced he was going on a hunger strike due to his lack of proper medical care and in support of other Russian held political prisoners.
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A Russian district court in Rostov-on-Don has sentenced Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb to six years of imprisonment, Hromadske reported.
“To find Pavlo Hryb guilty and sentence to six years in a prison colony of a general regime,” the judge said.
After the verdict, Pavlo Hryb declared a hunger strike in response to numerous violations of his rights and rights of other political prisoners, Hromadske reported.
“Due to the fact that neither doctors nor [Ukrainian Commissioner on Human Rights Liudmyla] Denisova have not been allowed to see me and in connection with all that’s happening, I declare a hunger strike,” said Hryb.
Hryb suffers from portal hypertension which, without the proper care he needs, is causing other major medical conditions that should be treated in a medical facility. To date, he has not received appropriate medical care.
Pavlo Hryb, who was 19 at the time, disappeared on August 24, 2017, in Belarus, where he went to the city of Gomel to meet a young woman he had met on a social network.
After not hearing from his son, Ihor Hryb, father of Pavlo, went to Belarus in search of his son. While in Gomel, he was told that Pavlo was wanted for terrorism by the FSB.
On August 29, 2017 Belarusian outlet Yevroradio with reference to its own sources, thought that Pavlo Hryb had might be in the FSB Krasnodar District Department.
Ihor Hryb also stated that the disappearance of his son was a planned abduction, plotted by Russian FSB agents under the guise of meeting the young woman in Gomel.
In September 2017, it became known that Pavlo Hryb was in a detention center in Krasnodar, Russia, charged with terrorism. At the same time, his lawyer confirmed the version that Pavlo had been kidnapped by FSB officers.
On November 7, 2017, the detention of Pavlo Hryb was extended until April 24, 2019. Now, he has been officially sentenced to spend six years in the Russian prison system.
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