Russian court extends arrest of abducted teenager Pavlo Hryb

14:50, 18 October 2017
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The Oktiabrskiy District Court in the city of Krasnodar of the Russian Federation has extended the arrest of the 19-year-old Ukrainian citizen, Pavlo Hryb, who is being held in custody in Krasnodar-based pre-trial penitentiary facility, before January 4, 2018, the press service of the court told UNIAN.

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"The arrest was extended until January 4, 2018," the source said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a member of the State Border Guard Service's public council, Ihor Hryb, said on August 28 his 19-year-old son, Pavlo Hryb, was missing. Pavlo reportedly disappeared in Belarus on August 24 after he had traveled to the city of Gomel for a meeting with a Russian girl whom he met on social networks and who had allegedly also flown to Gomel.

The youngster's father said Pavlo was supposed to return on the same day. When it did not happen, the father went to Gomel in search for his son. He found out that Pavlo was wanted by the FSB in Krasnodar Krai (Sochi) under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (an act of terrorism).

Read alsoUkrainian doctors in Russia denied access to abducted teenager Pavlo HrybIt became known on September 7 that Pavlo was being kept in pre-trial detention center No. 5 in the Russian city of Krasnodar. On September 13 the court in Krasnodar ruled to arrest Pavlo Hryb until October 17.

On September 15, the Foreign Ministry reported that Hryb was transferred from the detention facility to a medical center. On September 16, he was returned to the detention facility. On October 6, lawyer Yevgenia Zakrevskaya stated that the ECHR invited Ukrainian doctors to assess Pavlo’s health condition and to find out whether he receives the treatment required.

"I hope that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Health and the Ombudsperson will do everything to ensure that our doctors get to Pavlo Hryb as soon as possible, while Russia will not dare violate the direct instruction by the ECHR and refuse their access to Pavlo," the lawyer said.

The case of Pavlo Hryb is being personally supervised by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.

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