Supreme Court in Russia Dismisses Hryb Appeal
As the highest court in Russia, there can be no more appeals for this case
Photo Facebook/Ihor Hryb
The Supreme Court of Russia has dismissed the appeal of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb.
The court deemed the conviction, issued on March 22, 2019 by the Rostov-on-Don district military court which sentenced Hryb to six years in prison, to be legal. The Russian authorities accused Hryb of plotting a terrorist attack at a school in the Russian city of Sochi.
According to Hryb’s lawyer, Marina Dubrovina, the conviction is illegal and based on a false confession forced by torture. Hryb claimed he was tortured in the building of FSB in the Russian city of Krasnodar, where he was transferred after his abduction in Belarus. Hryb said he was beaten, strangled, chained to a wall and to weights in the gym in the FSB building as well as tortured with hunger and thirst. His defense filed an appeal on April 8, 2019.
“We have not had any news about him for 22 days. No one has met Pavlo for over 3 weeks. His mother visited him on July 1st. She reached her limit of visits. Now, she needs permission from a court in Moscow to visit him. This is because Pavlo’s case is to be considered by the Supreme Court in Moscow. Our consul also applied for permission. But it is unknown when he will get an answer,” said Ihor Hryb, Pavlov’s father, to a UATV correspondent by phone the day before the Supreme Court hearing.
The appeal has run its course as the Supreme Court is the highest in Russia and there is nowhere else to file any further appeals.
Hryb was abducted on August 24, 2017 in the city of Gomel in Belarus. He disappeared when he went to meet with a young woman who he had met online. Later it was found that he was accused of alleged terrorism and detained in the Russian city of Krasnodar. A young woman later confessed that she was forced to invite Hryb to Belarus by FSB officers.
Hryb suffers from portal hypertension and is not getting proper medical care while imprisoned in Russia.
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