The Moscow City Court on February 14 dismissed an appeal against the arrest of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko.
Lawyer Mark Feygin posted this on his Twitter page
“The [court’s] sitting on the consideration of my appeal against the extension of Sushchenko’s pre-trial arrest has ended. The appeal has been dismissed,” Feigin wrote.
As a reminder, the defense insisted on possibility to change the pre-trial detention till April 30 for journalist Sushchenko to putting him under house arrest.
Ukrinform correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow on September 30, where he arrived on a private visit. He was accused of “espionage”, allegedly being a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate denied allegations of the Russian Federal Security Service.
The Russian court ruled at its closed hearing on October 1 to arrest the journalist for two months – until November 30.
On October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denies any guilt.
Roman Sushchenko works with the Ukrainian National News Agency Ukrinform since 2002 and is agency’s own correspondent in France since 2010.