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On 23 July, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld a decision by the Russian court sentencing to six years imprisonment Pavlo Hryb, a 21-year old disabled Ukrainian citizen who was abducted from Belarus by the Russian authorities in August 2017. Since then he has been illegally detained in Russia without any substantiated charges.
The European Union reiterates its expectation that Pavlo Hryb be released immediately.
Mr Hryb suffers from a very serious medical condition which could become life-threatening at any moment. However, in violation of the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, Ukrainian doctors have not been allowed to see him. We expect him to be provided urgent access to a special medical treatment without delay.
All illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in the Crimean peninsula and in Russia, including the crew of the vessels captured by Russia on 25 November, must be immediately released. International human rights observers must be granted full, free and unhindered access to the Crimean peninsula.