Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, who is currently held in Russia’s prison, is critically ill, Ukraine’s human rights envoy Liudmyla Denisova said on Facebook.
According to her, the man is on the verge of life and death.
“The 20-year-old political prisoner needs urgent heart surgery because his state of health is supercritical,” news agency UNIAN quotes Denisova.
Although doctors diagnosed a number of serious diseases, the prison administration falls on deaf ears. The lack of appropriate medical treatment has resulted in their recurrence, she stressed. Moreover, tough confinement conditions, malnutrition and situations of stress are also undermining his health, the ombudsperson added.
Liudmila Denisova appealed to the UN Committee against Torture, Council of Europe, the Red Cross, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Fiona Fraser asking international officials to help Pavlo Hryb get urgent medical care.
!!! ГРОМАДЯНИН УКРАЇНИ ПАВЛО ГРИБ, ЯКИЙ ПЕРЕБУВАЄ У РОСІЙСЬКІЙ КАТІВНІ, ЗНАХОДИТЬСЯ НА МЕЖІ ЖИТТЯ ТА СМЕРТІ…
In August 2017, Pavlo Hryb went missing in the Belarusian city of Homiel. He was allegedly kidnapped by the Russian Federal security Service (FSB). 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. 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 Hryb had not violated anything. According to a Krasnodar court, the arrest warrant was issued on August 17 (i.e., before Pavlo Hryb crossed the Belarus-Ukraine border), when he was put on the international wanted list.
According to the Russian side, Hryb asked his acquaintance to go off a bomb at a school assembly in Sochi. Ukraine says that the charge was forged.