Retrial of Ukrainian political prisoner Hryb in Russia scheduled for Nov 6
A retrial of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb, 20, in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is scheduled for November 6.
This was announced by Elena Katkalo, a spokesperson for Russia's North Caucasian district military court, which heard Hryb's case in July 2018 and issued an indictment against him, the Ukrainian media outlet Hromadske said.
The hearings will reportedly be held behind closed doors.
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 young man under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (an act of terrorism). Russian investigators accused 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 23, 2018, the court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, returned the indictment against Hryb to prosecutors and extended his arrest until October 22, 2018.
On October 25, Krasnodar Krai's prosecutors sent back the Hryb case to the North Caucasian district military court.