Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of Pavlo Hryb
Pavlo Hryb, a 20-year old Ukrainian citizen who suffers from a disabling and serious medical condition, was abducted from Belarus by the Russian authorities in August 2017. Since then he has been illegally detained in Russia without any substantiated charges, and his health condition continues to be worrying. Today a Russian court sentenced Pavlo Hryb to six years imprisonment on the grounds of "promoting terrorism". The European Union expects Mr Hryb to be immediately released and granted access to the special medical treatment he needs. For so long as he remains in detention, Ukrainian doctors must be allowed to see him as required by a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.