Pavlo Gryb ceases hunger strike, - Russian media

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian side claims that prison management explained to him the possible consequences of the strike
18:36, 30 March 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb, sentenced in Russia to 6 years in colony for allegedly inciting a terrorist attack, stopped the hunger strike. This is reported by Interfax, referring to the head of the Public Observation Commission of the Rostov region Leonid Petrasis.

"On March 29, Pavlo Gryb wrote a statement on the end of the hunger strike. Before that, the prison management explained to him the possible consequences of it. Apparently, he had already partially felt them for several days without food," he said.

According to Petrasis, now Gryb feels good, does not need inpatient medical care and surgical intervention.

Earlier it became known that the Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova sent to the Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova medical certificates confirming the difficult state of health of political prisoner.

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Earlier Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb delivered his last plea in North Caucasus military court in Rostov-on Don, Russia. Hromadske reported this, quoting Gryb as he spoke during the court debates Thursday.

'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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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).

Russia did not provide the European Court of Human Rights with information about the Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb's health status.

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.

Related: Rallies with demands to release political prisoner Gryb held in Kyiv and Odesa

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