18 Sep 2017 15:54

Ukrainian consuls visit Pavlo Hryb, Ukrainian arrested in Russia

KYIV. Sept 18 (Interfax) - Ukrainian consuls have visited Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, who is in a detention facility in Krasnodar, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa said.

Hryb has not yet been granted permission to be examined by doctors, she said.

"Our consuls visited Pavlo Hryb today. But no permission for an examination by Ukrainian doctors has been given. We demand doctors' access," Betsa said in a statement on her Twitter page on Monday.

According to earlier reports, former Ukrainian State Border Guard Service official Ihor Hryb said on August 28 that Russian special services had abducted his 19-year-old son Pavlo during a visit to Gomel, Belarus, where he went on August 24 to meet a girl whom he had met and talked to only on social-networking sites. It was agreed that Pavlo would return the same day. After he failed to return the next day, Igor Hryb went to Gomel to look for him.

He said that in Belarus he had learned that Pavlo was on a Russian list of wanted persons in connection with a terrorist attack, and that a search had been initiated by the Russian Federal Security Service's Directorate for the Krasnodar region in Sochi.

It was reported on September 7 that Hryb was in a detention facility in Krasnodar, Russia.