07 July 2018, 11:16

Rostov Ombudsperson supports FSIN in Grib's case

Pavel Grib, a Ukrainian citizen, accused of terrorism, is held in Rostov SIZO (pre-trial prison) without violations; and he has no complaints about his custody conditions, the regional Ombudsperson stated on July 6.

Pavel Grib disappeared in Belarus in late August, and on September 7 was found in Krasnodar SIZO (pre-trial prison) No. 5. The territorial FSB branch informed Ukrainian diplomats that Pavel Grib was kept there charged under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (terrorism). Pavel Grib is charged with the fact that he tried to persuade his friend to blow up an improvised explosive device (IED) during a graduation school meeting in Sochi.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 4, Pavel's advocates stated that during their client's convoying from Krasnodar to Rostov-on-Don, he was beaten up, and later was bullied at the SIZO. On July 5, the Russian Federal Service for the Execution of Sentences (known as FSIN) stated that during the examination no bruises or abrasions were found on Pavel Grib's body.

"Grib was brought from Krasnodar; and on arrival he was examined by medics. At the SIZO, he receives all the needed medical care; he has no claims to the SIZO administration and no complaints about custody conditions and medical care," said Anatoly Kharkovskiy, the Ombudsperson for the Rostov Region, whose words were quoted by the "Interfax-South" on July 6.

In her turn, on July 5, Lyudmila Denisova, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, sent an appeal to Tatiana Moskalkova, the Russian Ombudsperson, in which she stated the violation of Pavel Grib's rights and reported his poor health.

"During the convoying to the penitentiary institution of the city of Rostov-on-Don, the Ukrainian citizen Pavel Grib was severely beaten up by other inmates. Besides, Pavel was deprived of all the things and foodstuffs that had been handed over to him by officials of the Consulate General of Ukraine. It also became known that the 20-year-old Ukrainian political prisoner suffers from severe headaches and weakness, as he is not provided with the necessary medications," says the appeal posted on July 4 on the website of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 7, 2018 at 02:03 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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