Ukrainian political prisoner Hryb beaten during transfer from Krasnodar to Rostov-on-Don penitentiary – Father

23:10, 03 July 2018
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Pavlko Hryb / Photo from Ihor Hryb Facebook page

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb, 20, who had been abducted from Belarus by the Russian FSB and who is being wrongfully accused of plotting a terror attack at a Russian school gathering, was assaulted during the transfer from Krasnodar to Rostov-on-Don to attend at a court hearing, according to the teenager's father who spoke with the lawyer.

"Two hours ago, lawyer Marina Dubrovina managed to get into SIZO-4 [detention facility] for a meeting with Pavlo. He said that during the transfer to Rostov-on-Don he was brutally beaten by Russian prisoners when they learned about the charges pressed against Pavlo. They took all his belongings and food products that the Ukrainian consuls earlier brought him. All he has left is a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. No hygiene items, no spare underwear," Pavlo's father Ihor Hryb wrote on Facebook.

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"According to Pavlo, he will further be facing the same attitude on the part of other prisoners," wrote the young political prisoner's father.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in August 2017, Pavlo Hryb was abducted from Belarus by the Russian FSB security force and consequently illegally arrested in the Russian Federation. Trumped-up charges have been pressed against the teenager under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (an act of terrorism).

Russian investigators accused Pavlo Hryb of allegedly plotting a terrorist attack at a school assembly in Sochi.

Pavlo Hryb is diagnosed with portal hypertension, which requires daily intake of necessary medications and a special diet, the lack of which could become fatal.

Russian authorities do not allow access of Ukrainian doctors to examine the political prisoner's health.

On July 3, 2018, the court in Rostov-on-Don ruled to continue holding Pavlo Hryb in custody until December 20.

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