Olha Gryb, the sister of Pavlo Gryb, the citizen of Ukraine illegally detained by the Russian special services in Belarus wrote an open letter to the Council of Europe. The text of the open letter is published at the website the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe.
'For more than 110 days my brother is kept in illegal detention in SIZO (preliminary detention facility) No. 5 of the city of Krasnodar in the Russian Federation. He is the youngest Ukrainian prisoner of the Kremlin, Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kolchenko, Roman Sushchenko and many others among them. His only fault was that through social networks he openly condemned the annexation of Crimea and the war started by Russia in eastern Ukraine', Olha Gryb wrote.
She noted that every day his fundamental rights protected by the Convention are brutally violated. Pavlo is not allowed to take medications that are vital to his health, forbidden to communicate in his own language and to see his family.
Also, Olha appeals to the citizens of the EU whether they want to live in the world where the Russian special services hunt for teens and apply Stalinist terror practices to them or not and are they ready to exchange values for economic interests.
She also added that 'the European Convention on Human rights stipulates that everyone has the right to liberty and security of person and cannot be arbitrary arrested '. She reminds that 'the member states of the Council of Europe agreed to fulfill these and other legally binding treaty norms right after the end of the Second World War which nearly destroyed the European civilization
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 lawyer that he had been kidnapped in Belarus and brought to Russia, where he is accused preparing a terrorist attack on a Russian school. The Ukrainian's lawyer said that Gryb was arrested in Russia in absentia.
Earlier the ECHR demanded from Russia the statement on Pavlo Gryb's health. Also, he offered to send his doctors to the pretrial detention center and the Ukrainian side sent the doctors to him on October 11 without waiting for a permission of Russia. However, the Russian side did not let them see Gryb.
Ihor Gryb, the father of Pavlo claimed that his son has no access to the drugs he bought for his own money; the court would not let him use them.