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

In Kyiv, the protesters gathered near the Russian embassy
18:08, 24 March 2019

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People, who demanded the release of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb and other Ukrainians, kept in Russian prisons and in Donbas for political reasons, have gathered near the Russian embassy in Kyiv. This is reported by Radio Liberty.

The protest participants also appealed to the citizens of Ukraine to refuse to travel to the Russian Federation.

It is noted that the representatives of the Russian Embassy did not come out to the protesters.

A similar event took place in Odesa, gathering several dozen people.

The organizers announced the holding of such protests in Lviv and Kharkiv.

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The U.S. condemns the verdict to Pavlo Gryb by the Russian authority and calls on Russia to let Ukrainian go home, as he needs immediate medical treatment. Robert Palladino, the Deputy Spokesperson under the leadership of the 70th Secretary of State, reports this on Twitter.

“We condemn Russia’s conviction and 6-year sentence of Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb. He was targeted for opposing Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Palladino wrote.

According to him, the U.S. is concerned about the health condition of the Ukrainian political prisoner kept in Russia.

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 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.

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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