Russian FSB abducts Ukrainian teen who went to meet a girl in Belarus

Pavlo Hryb, a teenager from Ukraine, was lured into Belarus and seized by the FSB

Pavlo Hryb, a teenager from Ukraine, was lured into Belarus and seized by the FSB 

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Pavlo Hryb, a 19-y.o. Ukrainian blogger and activist, was reportedly abducted by Russian security agents during his private visit to Belarus. His relatives and human rights defenders call on the European Court of Human Rights, governments and international organizations to act urgently in order to find, help, and release him as there is a real threat to his life.

On Ukraine’s Independence Day, 24 August, Pavlo traveled from Chernihiv in northern Ukraine to the neighboring Belarusian city of Gomel. He was going to meet a girl from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai he had got to know via a social network and never seen in person before. He expected to spend an afternoon with her and come back to Ukraine on the same day.

Instead, Pavlo was evidently seized by the officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Moreover, there is reason to suppose that a young man was forcibly taken to the territory of Russia, which does not have border control with Belarus under the conditions of the so-called “Russia-Belarus Union State.” According to the joint Russia-Belarus investigation database, the Krasnodar regional branch of the FSB wanted Pavlo in the criminal case of “terrorism.”

His father Ihor Hryb, a former Ukrainian border service officer and a military chaplain, concludes that his son may be held in the remand jail #5 of Krasnodar, where FSB detainees are held. Ihor Hryb also believes that the FSB used the girlfriend to lure his son into the Belarusian trap.

In a telephone interview with Ukrainian journalists, the girl admitted that the FSB had blackmailed her into arranging the meeting in Gomel.

At least five other Ukrainians lured to Russia and arrested

Since 2014, Russian security forces managed to take hostage several Ukrainian citizens in similar ways.

In March 2014, the Ukrainian politician Mykola Karpiuk went to Russia allegedly to negotiate the cancellation of the future illegal “referendum” in Crimea with Russian officials. He ended as a convict in the concocted case of anti-Russian fighting in Chechnya, where he had never been before his arrest. The historian Stanislav Klykh was sentenced in the same case after his Russian girlfriend from the city of Oryol said she was pregnant and asked him to come.

In the summer of 2014, a retired defense industry engineer Yuriy Soloshenko was called to expertize hardware in Moscow but found himself in jail as a “Ukrainian spy.” Fortunately, he was exchanged and returned to Ukraine in June 2016. Another imaginary “spy,” Valentyn Vyhivskyi, was invited to an aviation show in Crimea. He is now serving his eight-year prison term in Kirov Oblast. The Ukrainian war veteran Yevhen Panov was also captured by the FSB in Crimea. Panov was reportedly asked to evacuate a family to mainland Ukraine; the family seems to have been a mystification. Russian propaganda and investigators made Panov a face of the horror story intended to frighten Crimeans and Russians with mysterious “Ukrainian saboteurs.” The latter two prisoners were horribly tortured, like Karpiuk, Klykh and a number of other Ukrainian victims of Russian “law enforcers.”

Hryb – first one kidnapped by Russian FSB outside Russian-controlled territory

Unlike all these cases, the abduction of Pavlo Hryb took place in the territory of the third state, the sovereign Republic of Belarus. Belarusian authorities say that they have neither detained him nor held him in custody in the territory of their republic. The question is why Pavlo was allowed to freely cross the Belarusian border if he was wanted by the security service of another “Union State” member.

It seems that the Belarusian side was aware of the action the Russian officers were going to undertake and agreed to play into FSB’s hand.

“This situation shows that Belarus is under the complete protectorate of Russia,” notes former deputy head of Ukraine’s Security Service, Major General Viktor Yahun. “We have information that in Belarus, there is an FSB group consisting of 30 to 40 persons who permanently work in Minsk.”

Russia has long used the charge of “terrorism” to jail supposed opponents for long years and intimidate the rest of the people: for instance, the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov got 20 and Crimean Tatar activist Ruslan Zeytullaev got 15 years under the same article of the Russian Criminal Code which is now imputed to Pavlo Hryb.

Pavlo Hryb. Photo: courtesy

Pavlo Hryb. Photo: courtesy

Strikingly, Pavlo has never been to Russia at all. Neither had he visited the Ukrainian territories under Russian occupation; he was abroad for the last time in 2012, when he was a child. The only place connected to FSB authority where he stated his firm pro-Ukrainian views was the Russian social network Vkontakte—before it was banned in Ukraine in May 2017.

Since his childhood, Pavlo has a disability related to the work of his blood circulatory system. That is why he was not subject to military conscription. Before his journey to Belarus, he was preparing for an operation. What is most important now, he is in need of specific conditions and care and can suffer a fatal bleeding in case his Russian abductors use force against him.

The family and human rights defenders have asked the European Court of Human Rights to apply interim measures in the situation when there is an apparent threat to his life. They have also called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to use its capabilities in order to save Pavlo. In an open letter published on 4 September, they demand Russia reveal his current whereabouts, health condition, and precise charge, as well as grant the access of doctors, the Ukrainian consul, and an independent lawyer to him. The international community has to pressure the Kremlin into fulfilling all these demands, the signatories of the letter stress, and Belarusian and Ukrainian authorities must carry out the fair investigation of his forced disappearance.

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  • Murf

    Oh come on!
    Hostage taking makes perfect sense when Russia is a mafia state degenerating into Medievalism.
    Next thing you know they will be burning whiches at the stake for putting a hex on the live stock.

    • Czech Mate

      Don’t give them ideas!

  • zorbatheturk

    Further proof that RuSSians are scum.

  • Scradje

    Pootlerstan’s descent into nazism continues to gather pace.

    • Sania

      bastardje , u are crazy ancient mule from ancient desert…

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        Sania…. such language… your Russian app is going to blow up.

        • Sania

          bloody гончipka , shut up

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

      You are high on salo and gorilka again, brain-damaged Ukrainian idiot.

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        You’re high on the fumes from Putin’s backside comrade.

  • Terry Washington

    Does the FSB have any jurisdiction in Belarus???

    • Rafael Hernandez

      These are typical lies from Ukrainian media. Even the a storm that hit Odessa 1 year ago wss blamed on Russia. A police exercise in ukraine where 5 policeofficers died was Russia’s fault. Ukraine doesn’t take an ounce of responisbility for her own mistakes. Do not believe a single word of Ukrainian media, the educated people know that

      • Terry Washington

        And given your decidedly Spanish (or at least Hispanic) name, HOW are you such an authority on the Ukrainian media??? Are you certain that you are NOT a Russian “troll” peddling “fake news”????

        • Sania

          I am not a troll
          But who is you-????
          May be covered troll…

          • Terry Washington

            I KNOW I am not a “troll” (Russian or otherwise) but WHO are you(and why have you changed your name from Rafael Hernandez)???

          • Sania

            I do not change my name all my life, Sania said since dirty ukra rebel, December of 2013, my big profile is somewhere in twittter under same name

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Embrace the blue and yellow flag Sania. Come out of the dark. Bandera is your father.

          • Sania

            banderlogue , stalin is ur father ,banderrha is ur mother…

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Bandera would have pulled a black widow spider performance comrade Suka

          • Terry Washington

            Then why are you Rafael Hernandez one minute and Sania the next if you are NOT a Russian troll???!!!

          • Sania

            If you are living in United slops of amerigo( not the ukra troll),
            Give me the smart and complex question ,like iPhone 5s…

          • Terry Washington

            I have already SAID that I am british(trace my IP address if you don’t believe me)- but WHAT are you???

          • Sania

            ukropiteck, what or who?

          • Terry Washington

            I think we’re getting away from the central point: DOES the FSB have authority to abduct a Ukrainian citizen on Belarusian soil??? It would be like arguing that MI-5(The security service of the UK) has the right to abduct a Frenchman on American soil

          • Sania

            Any russian organization has not any authority for such hard deals on the territory of another state, even in friendly Belarus’. Luckashenko has own strong system of security . It is really fairy-tale and cheap propaganda at background of ukra bombing of Donetsk, wounding of civilians and own problems of ukra army and government. If you believe west want to bring peace and happy in Syria and in Ukraine I want to keep silence.
            But any clear mind sees west makes wars on Russia borders and wants to
            destroy non-oligarchs states like Syria and Iran.

          • Terry Washington

            Infamy, infamy- infamy- they’ve ALL got it in-fa-me!(as Kenneth Williams’s character put it in the 1964 film Carry On Up The Senate) It used to be a convincing act during the Cold War but few save the most delusional or naive individuals in the West would take it at face value! The trouble with being a congenital liar is that NO ONE believes you even when youe speak the truth!

          • Sania

            yes, west is the congenital liar and sings in power
            “we can make it,
            we can fake it,
            we can break it’ , but voice from background “be attention…”

          • Terry Washington

            “Whataboutery” is the most common form of moral evasion!

          • Sania

            complex and lacing words about liar and about nothing( or stupid fairy tale) are most moral evasion

          • zorbatheturk

            You are covered with Putin’s slime.

          • Sania

            bastardje, u are all in smelly dirt, if ur kinky nose plays game with real modern ukra fasci

          • zorbatheturk

            Bug offsky.

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Human garbage folks

        • Rafael Hernandez

          Take it from someone who has watched Ukraimain media since 2014. They never take responsibily for their own actions, they blame everything on Russia. Just last week Ukrainian media said that the crimean bridge is going to be finished, when that is an obvious lie. They brainwash and disinform Ukrainains

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        The FSB got the green light from Putin to open fire on innocent, unarmed Ukrainian protesters on the Maidan in February 2014. This youth was probably unarmed. Russian males only attack the young, and women.

        • Rafael Hernandez

          You can’t believe every widow story about Russians from western Ukrainians. Certainly you have been brainwashed pretty well

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            In what year did you start tossing Putin’s salad comrade?

    • zorbatheturk

      They don’t wear badges.

      • Terry Washington

        No, but they presumably Do carry ID cards!

        • zorbatheturk

          Last time I asked a plain clothes FSB guy to show me his ID he wasn’t very polite.

          • Terry Washington

            How did you KNOW that he was a FSB officer if he was in plain clothes(like their Soviet era predecessors, KGB, MGB/MVD, NKVD, OGPU, GPU and Cheka) they usually don’t wear their uniforms in public!

          • zorbatheturk

            He looked shifty and spoke in a thick RuSSian accent.

          • Terry Washington

            Did he IDENTIFY himself as a FSB officer???

          • zorbatheturk

            Well now, that would he a rather silly thing to do, wouldn’t it?

  • Sania

    pretty fairy-tale

    • Rafael Hernandez

      Doesn’t even quaiify as a new years eve puzzle.

    • Vlad Pufagtinenko

      Sania….you should stop feeling so sexually frustrated. Ukrainian men down south have large ones, not the microscopic RuSSian ones you’re used to.

      • Sania

        животное, go to the prikk…

        • Vlad Pufagtinenko

          Sania…. is that a way to behave in front of friends. Depending on your face, a Banderite might only have to put three Ukrainian flags on your face to release you from your hate of Russian men.

          • Sania

            гамно, сосi дале

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Don’t speak the language of child killers comrade.

          • Sania

            suka, I know how much children u killed in Donbass

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Zero

          • Sania

            banderrha the killer, 600 consists from two zero…

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Russians don’t contribute to science because they can’t count.

  • Czech Mate

    Country of mongoloid scumbags- that is RF.

    • Sania

      smelly poliachishko, when I crashed the bottle of vodka in vilnus in 1989 ,
      IN anti alcohol times in ussr, my guide poliachisko to alcohol sale flat , respectable 39 y.o. man did fall on knees before my friend and did even cry ” It is not my deal”
      We said ” Be calm, we give you 5 roubles for your drugstore (cheap) alcohol “

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        That need for Ukrainian sausage is strong in you.

        • Sania

          ur dirty chump ask big penny in ur lowback…
          but where is heat water after deck?

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            Maybe if you don’t speak, a banderite won’t have to throw two more flags on your face.

          • Sania

            bloody monster, I know u want the blood more than stick to ur back

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            We know where you put Putin’s stick comrade.

          • Sania

            bloody banderlogue , u accept the prikk of cannibalic bandera in ur dirty imagination, but it is the smelly stick of new killer potroshenko

      • Czech Mate

        What is this bot?! All you can do, ruSSky AI experts? LOL

        • Sania

          mraz, still sleeping?
          ill paunch after eurosousage from ukra?

          • Czech Mate

            jeezus, can’t you fix it, Boris? this is too da da vodka