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Political prisoner Pavlo Gryb needs urgent heart surgery

The 20-year-old is in critical condition; he suffers numerous diseases, which is confirmed by recent medical examinations
20:50, 29 January 2019

Irina Romaliyskaya Facebook

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb, who is now illegally detained in Russia, needs immediate surgery on his heart. His current health status is critical. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian parliamentary envoy for human rights posted that on Facebook.

Denisova underscored that the doctors examined Gryb and found a number of serious diseases. 

'According to the available information, the detention center No.4 of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service in Rostov Oblast, where Pavlo is currently held, underestimates the boy's critical condition. They ignore his tough illnesses. Pavlo Gryb has no access to full-fledged medical treatment, which only makes the diseases worse. Besides, the detention conditions, stressing situations and bad nutrition affect his health as well', Denisova stated.  

The Ukrainian ombudswoman turned to a number of responsible officials in the UN and the Red Cross, asking to do everything within their authority to provide the detainee with the immediate medical aid.   

She also turned to diplomats in Rostov-on-Don, asking to take all possible steps to monitor the integrity of human rights and freedoms of the inmates.

In August 2017, Pavlo Gryb went to Gomel (Belarus) to meet with a friend; he was detained by Russian special services there. Later, he was transferred to the Russian Federation. Russian security officials suspect Gryb of preparing a terrorist attack at a Sochi school.

On July 23, 2018 it was reported that the case of Pavlo Gryb was returned to the prosecutors for revision. Pavlo denies the charges against him. His father Ihor Gryb suspects that the son may have faced tortures.

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