European Alliance of News Agencies urges Russia to provide details explaining arrest of Sushchenko

European Alliance of News Agencies urges Russia to provide details explaining arrest of Sushchenko

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The Board of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) has urged the Russian authorities to provide more details explaining the arrest of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko in Moscow.

This has been stated in a statement made by the Board of the European Alliance of News Agencies, which was signed by EANA President Jonas Eriksson and Secretary General Erik Nylen.

"Russian authorities must release more details explaining the arrest of Roman Sushchenko and he must get guaranteed qualified, fast and fair legal assistance and the right to contact his family. If trustworthy evidence against him cannot be immediately presented, he should be released and allowed to return to his home country," reads a statement.

The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) was founded in 1956, and today it includes more than 30 leading agencies in Europe. Ukrinform represents Ukraine in the Alliance since 1995.

As reported, Roman Sushchenko was detained on Friday, September 30, in Moscow following Russian media reports accusing him of ‘espionage’. Roman at the time of arrest was on vacation and arrived in Moscow for private purposes. Ukrinform and Sushchenko’s wife concluded an agreement with lawyer Mark Feygin who will defend Roman Sushchenko. Roman Suchshenko is being kept in Moscow's Lefortovo prison.

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