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Russia asking OSCE, ICRC to push for access to Donetsk Region people’s governor in prison

April 24, 2014, 19:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Pavel Gubarev never seized buildings, he was arrested only for calls for a referendum on federalization
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MOSCOW, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is officially asking the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to find a way to check the health of Pavel Gubarev, the people’s governor of the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk Region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

“Today we received not very good news, which, let's say it directly, is alarming: Pavel Gubarev has problems with his health,” Lavrov said.

“We are sending an official request to the OSCE for the organization’s mission in Ukraine to immediately push for access to Gubarev,” he said. “We are also sending a similar document to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, whose mandate includes, among other things, visits to prisoners in places where they are kept.”

“We will push for immediate access to Gubarev to make sure that he has no problems with health,” Lavrov said. “We will of course continue efforts aimed at ensuring his immediate release as a political prisoner.”

On Wednesday, Lavrov said in an interview with the RT television channel that despite “an agreement on amnesty of political prisoners, Donetsk Region people’s governor Pavel Gubarev is in prison. Gubarev never seized buildings, he was arrested only for calls for a referendum on federalization. Gubarev is a political prisoner.

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