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Pavlo Gryb case: Ukrane's Foreign Ministry condemns Russian court's decision

The Russian authority ruled that the Ukrainian political prisoner would serve six years at a penal colony
21:50, 23 July 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner
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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine judged the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in the case of Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Gryb. This is mentioned on the Ukrainian authority's website.

The Ukrainian side claimed that the Russian court "supported the trumped-up charges with Pavlo Gryb's terrorist activity and insolently declined the arguments of the lawyers" who pointed out that there was no evidence or the actus reus".

"We urge the international community to condemn the unjust decision of the Russian court on the Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Gryb and to demand the unconditional release of all citizens of Ukraine held in Russia and the occupied Ukrainian Crimea by the Kremlin regime", reads the message.

Related: Ukraine’s Security Service puts investigator involved in Gryb case on wanted list

The Ukrainian ministry called Russia a country, where there is no law or justice.  

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian authority ruled that the Ukrainian political prisoner would serve six years at a penal colony. 

In August 2017, Pavlo Gryb was detained by Russian special service as he came to Belarus to meet his girlfriend. The young man, the son of State Border Guard officer Ihor Gryb was taken to Russia and charged with "aiding terrorist activity". The prosecutors decided he was going to prepare a terrorist act in Sochi, southwestern Russia. Ukraine denies these charges, demanding that Russia release Gryb and calling the whole case political.

Related: Russia’s Supreme Court to consider appeal in Pavlo Gryb case on July 23

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