Son of Ukrainian officer who went missing in Belarus held in custody in Russia’s Krasnodar

16:35, 07 September 2017
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A 19-year-old citizen of Ukraine, Pavlo Hryb, who was reported missing after he traveled to Belarus August 24 for a date with a Russian girl and was allegedly abducted by Russia’s FSB, is now being held at a detention facility in the Russian city of Krasnodar, the teenager’s father, Ihor Hryb, has told an UNIAN correspondent after receiving a confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Pavlo Hryb / Facebook

"I was informed that he is in Krasnodar’s detention center No. 5. I was informed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," said Hryb, who is a former officer of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service.

He also added that he intends to visit his son as soon as possible.

"We will fight for him, I need to pay a visit," said Hryb.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb went missing on the territory of Belarus on August 24 after he trabeled to the city of Gomel for a meeting with a Russian girl whom he met in social networks and who has allegedly also flown to Gomel from Russia.

Read alsoLawyer of young Ukrainian abducted by Russia in Belarus fears the client may suffer tortureBelarus authorities confirmed that Pavlo Hryb had crossed into the country. The same was confirmed by the Ukrainian border guards.

Read alsoRussia's FSB reportedly lures Ukraine border service official's son into Belarus for datingAccording to media reports, which could not be verified officially, Pavlo was detained in line with the search and arrest  warrant issued by the Russian FSB. Russian security service allegedly suspects the youngster of terrorism.

Read alsoJournalists find out how FSB lured Ukrainian youngster to Belarus for abductionAccording to Pavlo Hryb’s father, his son, who has a confirmed disability, has never served in the Ukrainian army. At the same time, he had vehemently opposed Russian aggression against Ukraine in social networks. 

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