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New details of Pavlo Gryb’s abduction by Russian secret services
13:42, 30 September 2017
New details of Pavlo Gryb’s abduction by Russian secret services

Gryb knew the Russian Special Services were interested in him, but went to Belarus anyway

13:42, 30 September 2017

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19-year-old Pavlo Gryb went to Belarus to meet his friend Tatiana from Russia, whom he knew from social networks. After meeting her, he was abducted by unknown men dressed in civilian clothes, who turned out to be Russian secret service employees, according to Novaya gazeta.

The young people discussed the Euromaidan, the Donbas conflict, and other events in Ukraine over social networks, which brought attention of the Russian Security Service (the FSB). Tatiana was planning to move to Ukraine. The FSB brought her in for questioning, where they, as she understood, made her a deal: she would meet Pavlo on their rules, and they would help her with the documents to move to Ukraine.

Related: Ukrainian consuls no longer allowed to see Pavlo Gryb, - MFA

 Pavlo Gryb was aware of the plan, but decided to go to Gomel anyway. He met Tatiana on August 24. After an hour-long-meeting, he went to the Homel bus station to go back to Kyiv. On his way there, he was stopped by people in civilian clothes, and forced into a van, which brought him to a forest, where he was handed over to other strangers. He was brought into a cell without windows where he spent, as he reckons, about 2 days.

By the informational materials inside the building, he understood he was in the village Riabtsevo, Smolensk region. He was informed that he would be arrested under Russian laws, after which he was brought to Krasnodar, the media says.

Related: After Gryb disappeared in Belarus, MFA says Ukrainians aren’t safe not only in Russia

As it was reported earlier, 19-years old Pavlo Gryb got lost in Belarus on August 24. The young man was later found at a prison in Krasnodar, Russia. He told a Russian lawer that he had been kidnapped in Belarus and brough to Russia, where he is accused under Article 205.1 of Criminal Code of Russia (Abetting of the terrorist activities). The Ukrainian's lawyer said that Gryb was arrested in Russia in absentia

Related: More than 100 Ukrainians jailed in Russia looking for employment there

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