It is death verdict, my son will die from hunger strike, - Pavlo Gryb’s father

Source : 112 Ukraine

Rostov Court sentenced Ukrainian political prisoner to six years in prison
14:21, 22 March 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner

Ihor Gryb, the father of Pavlo Gryb and ex-officer of the Border Guard Service has commented on the decision of Russia’s court, which sentenced his son to six years in the prison for “urges to commit the terrorist acts in Sochi”, comparing it to the death sentence as 112 Ukraine reported.

“It was predictable; we did not count for some acquittal. Six years were asked by the prosecutor. and the court completely granted the request,” he said.

At the same time, the father of the Ukrainian prisoner emphasized that he had no illusions about the appeal and reconsideration of the verdict. “I can state that is the death verdict. Pavlo needs urgent surgery, which will allow him to continue living. This term is the automatic delivering of the death verdict,” he added.

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Commenting information about the hunger strike of Pavlo, his father said that it would accelerate his death: “He cannot starve; he categorically cannot starve and I, of course, stand against it. A week, or two, or three - I do not know how long it will take before Pavlo dies”.

According to him, the Russian side is informed for a long time about the necessity of surgery for Pavlo Gryb; however, it does not assume any actions for it.

“I saw my son before the abduction on August 24, 2017, for the last time; in other words, 19 months ago. I could not come to Rostov-on-Don, the Russian Federation, so I see him only on TV as all of you,” Ihor Gryb said, adding that his son got only one letter from him during the illegal arrest.

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On March 22, the Russian court sentenced Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb to six years in standard regime penal colony for 'terrorism'. Gryb announced a hunger strike.

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.

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

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