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Russian officers detain bishop of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church in occupied Crimea

The bishop intended to visit the hearing of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb, arrested in Russian Rostov-on-Don
14:48, 3 March 2019

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The Russian fighters detained Klyment, the archbishop of the Crimean eparchy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in occupied Simferopol. The press service of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine reports this.

“On March 3, 2019, the Crimean and Simferopol archbishop Klyment (Kushch) was detained by the Russian police at the bus station in Simferopol. The latest news – he is being brought to the local police department,” the report said.

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Besides, it is emphasized that archbishop Klyment, who is the head the Orthodox help mission to the victims of the human rights violation and imprisoned people, intended to visit the hearing of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb, arrested in Russia's Rostov-on-Don.

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has no contact with the bishop for now.

Pavlo Gryb is the son of the former Ukrainian border guard Ihor Gryb. The Russian special service detained the 19-year-old boy on August 25, 2017, when he went to Gomel (Belarus) to meet his friend. Later, he was conveyed to Russia. The Russian law enforcers suspect Pavlo Gryb of preparing a terrorist attack at a school in Sochi (a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast, - 112 International).

Russia did not provide the European Court of Human Rights with information about the Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb's health status.

Pavlo Gryb was not allowed to see his mother and the Ukrainian consul. Russia promises to give permission to the meeting with the consul, but only after the verdict. Yet, the consular convention signed between Ukraine and Russia does not provide for such refusal.

Related: Ukraine’s Ombudsman suggests to let doctors examine Vyshynsky and Gryb simultaneously

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