Father of Ukrainian citizen kidnapped in Belarus: ‘His life is in danger’

The health state of Ukrainian Pavlo Gryb, who was kidnapped by Russia’s FSB in the Belarusian city of Homiel and taken to Russia, has deteriorated.

“According to his defense lawyer, Pavlo looks harried and keeps complaining of stomach aches. His mood is depressed, which is a consequence of investigators’ and prison administration’s stepping up psychological pressure on him. He receives neither proper medicines nor dietary nutrition. Internal bleeding may start at any time. There are no highly specialized doctors in Krasnodar to provide proper medical assistance. Every day in jail may be the last! Pavlo’s life is in danger! ” his father Ihor said on Facebook.


In late August, the citizen of Ukraine went missing in the Belarusian city of Homiel. As it emerged later, Russia blacklisted him as a ‘terrorist’ for his criticizing the Kremlin’s policy on the Internet. In Homiel he met with the 17-year-old girl from Sochi who later confessed that the FSB exerted pressure on her. Later, Pavlo Hryb was ‘found’ arrested in Russia’s Krasnodar.

According to the Russian side, 19-year-old Pavlo Gryb asked his acquaintance from Sochi to go off a bomb at a school assembly in Sochi. Ukraine says that the charge has been forged.

After a massive public outcry and diplomatic note, the Belarusian State Border Committee admitted the fact of his border crossing on August 24 and said Pavlo Gryb had not violated anything. According to a Krasnodar court, the arrest warrant was issued on August 17 (i.e., before Pavlo Gryb crossed the Belarus-Ukraine border), when he was put on the international wanted list.

ІІ, belsat.eu

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