Ukrainian Hryb convicted in Russia ends hunger strike – Russian media

23:25, 30 March 2019
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"On March 29, Hryb wrote a statement that he ends his hunger strike after persuasive talks held by the administration of detention center No. 4 about possible deterioration in his health related to the stopping of eating," Leonid Petrashis, the head of the Public Monitoring Commission in Rostov region told the Russian news agency TASS on March 30.

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According to Petrashis, on the same day, Hryb was taken for a medical examination to Interregional Hospital No. 19 of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN).

Petrashis says Hryb's health condition is satisfactory, and he does not need operative treatment. "There are no obstacles for his detention," he added.

As UNIAN reported, Russia's North-Caucasian District Military Court on March 22 sentenced Pavlo Hryb to six years in a penal colony for allegedly "promoting terrorism."

After the sentence was announced, Hryb said he would go on hunger strike. He demanded that doctors and Ukrainian human rights commissioner Liudmyla Denisova be allowed to visit him.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called on the international community to exert pressure on the Russian Federation to release Hryb.

Pavlo Hryb was 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.

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