Abducted Ukrainian hostage was likely tricked by Russian FSB pretending to be his Internet ‘girlfriend’ – Human Rights in Ukraine

Hryb has been imprisoned in Russia since his abduction on 24 August 2017. The FSB claim that he encouraged Tatyana Yershova, then a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Sochi, to plant a self-made explosive device in a school on June 30, 2017. He is supposed to have suggested this by Skype between March 27 and April 13, 2017.In fact, there is only a ‘translation’ of this alleged text from Ukrainian into Russian, and no screenshot of the original. This is, in itself, highly suspicious, and Hryb noted also during the hearing on 18 January that the translation is of extremely bad quality.Hryb explains that he had first become acquainted with a friend of Yershova’s on VKontakte in January 2017, and that she had introduced him to Yershova. With both girls he wrote in Ukrainian.Yershova had suggested moving over to Skype at the end of February. Since Hryb didn’t want to register on Skype he used the account of Stefan Kapinos, a young Ukrainian whom he had also met on the Internet. As reported, INTERPOL has, quite incredibly, issued a Red Notice to other countries that Kapinos is wanted by Russia, despite very serious grounds for concern about the nature of this ‘case’ and about the effective lack of any chance of a fair trial.

Source: Abducted Ukrainian hostage was likely tricked by Russian FSB pretending to be his Internet ‘girlfriend’ – Human Rights in Ukraine

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