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Pavlo Gryb sentenced to six years in prison

The Ukrainian announces a hunger strike, protesting against the decision
10:59, 22 March 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner
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Russian court sentenced Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb to six years in standard regime penal colony for 'terrorism', TASS reported.

The North Caucasus Regional Military Court in the city of Rostov-on-Don decided “to find Pavlo Gryb guilty and sentence the convict to 6 years of imprisonment in standard regime penal colony”. 

He denied all charges from the Russian FSB, calling them 'bandits and murderers'; he also announced a hunger strike, protesting against the decision.

As is known, Pavlo Gryb is the son of the former Ukrainian border guard Ihor Gryb. Russian special agency detained the 19-year-old boy on August 25, 2017, when he went to Gomel (Belarus) to meet his friend. Later, he was convoyed 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).

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.

On March 21, Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb delivered his last plea in North Caucasus military court in Rostov-on Don, Russia. 

'For the first time, I get this chance to say my word. My final plea, in which I'd like to finally tell how it actually happened', the young man said.

Gryb denied all charges from the Russian FSB, calling them 'bandits and murderers'. He also claimed that no one had reasons to believe that neutral Belarus would actually 'appear to be dangerous'.   

Pavlo wished all fellow political prisoners to endure the captivity with dignity, 'standing for truth and conscience'. He concluded his speech with the words 'Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Ukrainian nation!' 

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