Conditions of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb's imprisonment in Russia have not changed after Ukrainian doctor Vasyl Prytula's visit and given recommendations.
Prytula said that a patient with portal hypertension cannot be kept in prison, Pavlo Hryb's father, Ihor Hryb, said, according to the news outlet Hromadske.ua.
Portal hypertension is an increase in the blood pressure within a system of veins called the portal venous system. As a result, increased pressure in the portal vein may lead to the development of large, swollen veins (varices) within the esophagus, stomach, rectum, or umbilical area (belly button).
According to the doctor, Pavlo does not feel well, as he has nausea, pain in the abdomen. The doctor recalled that at the recent meeting on March 15, they had to call an ambulance for medical assistance to the political prisoner.
Ihor Hryb says that the court pays no attention to the complaints of Pavlo and his lawyer Marina Dubrovina. Pavlo's mother is staying in Russia's Rostov-on-Don for almost the entire period, he said.
The prisoner's father says he does not expect an acquittal.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation on March 15 scheduled debates on Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb's case for March 21 and 22.
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 fell 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.
Ukrainian commissioner for human rights Liudmyla Denisova said on January 29 Hryb's condition was very serious and he needs immediate heart surgery.