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Russia refuses to release Ukraine's Pavlo Gryb and put him under house arrest

The defense applied for a mitigating measure of restraint, as the prisoner needs a highly qualified examination and treatment
17:30, 22 December 2018

Kommersant

The Military Court in Rostov-on-Don refused to release the Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb from jail and put him under house arrest, despite the deterioration of his health, Kavkazski Uzel reports.

Thus, the defense requested mitigation of the preventive measure, since Pavlo needs a highly qualified examination and treatment, which he cannot receive in prison.

According to his lawyer, Marina Dubrovina, the medical report of a doctor who examined Gryb states that "in prison, his state of health is so bad that internal bleeding can take place."

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However, the Russian court refused to change the preventive measure due to the lack of "objective data." The state prosecutor provided the court with documents, in which the health of the Ukrainian was described as "satisfactory."

The condition of political prisoner Pavlo Gryb is deteriorating, especially the eyesight. HGis lawyer Maryna Dubrovina claimed this earlier in the interview to Glavkom outlet. 

‘His eyesight significantly worsened, he is basically blind. In most cases, he is not able to read the documents I pass him, he experiences difficulties seeing people’s face,’ the lawyer said.

He is having hard times taking part in the court, he can’t see the witnesses well. His memory exacerbated, he forgets things the judge says: ‘During the trial, I had to repeat the same things several times, and the same information had to be repeated before the next sessions. It seems that nothing at all is stored in his memory. And it certainly complicates the protection,’ she said. 

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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 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).

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