Russian prosecutors demand six-year term for Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb

16:50, 21 March 2019
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The Ukrainian is accused of "inciting a third person to a terror attack." His sentence is suggested to be counted from August 25, 2017, when he was detained by FSB operatives in the Belarusian city of Gomel, according to Hromadske.

During the court hearing held on Thursday, March 21, Hryb said he was unwell. A break was announced in the debate and an ambulance was called. Hryb said he had not been provided with medical care. Earlier, his father said that his son's eyesight had deteriorated significantly.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Pavlo Hryb is being tried in Russia on trumped-up "terrorist" charges as investigators claim he instructed an accomplice to set off an explosive device at a Russian schoolyard. He was just 19 when he was abducted by the FSB from Belarus on August 24, 2017, after going there to meet who he thought was a young woman he had chatted with online, and fallen in love with.

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 Ukrainian doctors to examine the political prisoner.

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