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U.S. Embassy concerned due to verdict of Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb in Russia

The USA called on the Kremlin to release all political prisoners immediately
23:16, 22 March 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner
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The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine expressed their concerns about the verdict of 20-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb, who has been illegally kept in the Russian prison and sentenced to 6 years in prison. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine reported this on Twitter.

The USA called on Russia to release all political prisoners immediately and to cease its baseless political persecutions of Ukrainians.

“We are deeply concerned about today’s Russian court decision unjustly sentencing Pavlo Gryb to six years in a penal colony. We are also concerned about Hryb’s precarious health situation”, - the report said.

Related: EU calls for release of Pavlo Gryb, sentenced to 6 years imprisonment in Russia

Earlier, on March 22, the Russian court sentenced Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb to six years in standard regime penal colony for terrorism. The inmate announced a hunger strike.

As is known, 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. 

Related: It is death verdict, my son will die from hunger strike, - Pavlo Gryb’s father

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