Ukrainian MFA calls on intl community to condemn decision of Russian Supreme Court in relation to Pavlo Hryb
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protests because of the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia, which upheld the sentence of Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, and calls on the international community to condemn such a decision, as well as to demand the release of all detained Ukrainians.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses a resolute protest of the Russian Federation in connection with the unjustified decision of the military board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in the case of a citizen of Ukraine Pavlo Hryb," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry calls on the international community "to condemn the unlawful decision of the Russian court against a citizen of Ukraine Pavlo Hryb and demand unconditional release of all citizens of Ukraine who are held hostage by the Kremlin regime in Russia and in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea."
The statement also notes that the court in the Russian Federation defiantly rejected the arguments of lawyers about the lack of evidence and corpus delicti in the actions of Pavlo, supported the trumped up charges of terrorist activity and "shamelessly ruled to put the young man to a colony for six years." This decision of the Russian court, like all decisions in relation to other citizens of Ukraine who were unreasonably convicted in the Russian Federation, "is another evidence of the complete absence of any administration of justice and reasonableness in Russia in the eyes of the whole world."
As reported, on July 23, the Supreme Court of Russia upheld the sentence of a citizen of Ukraine Hryb.
According to the law of the Russian Federation, the sentence in respect of Hryb entered in force and became binding on July 23.
Pavlo Hryb was detained while visiting Belarus on August 24, 2017. He was 19 at the time. It emerged later that he was held at a pretrial detention facility in Russia's Krasnodar. Russia accused Hryb of instigation of terrorism. He has denied any wrongdoing.
The North Caucasus Military District Court sentenced Hryb to six years in a general security penitentiary. Hryb said in his last plea that he did not admit the charges of facilitating terrorist activities.
In turn, the lawyer of the convict, Marina Dubrovina, told reporters that the verdict would be appealed.
Due to deteriorating health, Hryb needs urgent medical care, including surgery.
On March 22, Hryb, whom the court in the Russian Federation sentenced to six years in prison, launched a hunger strike.