MEP Harms comments on Sushchenko's verdict: Moscow today like in Stalin era

MEP Harms comments on Sushchenko's verdict: Moscow today like in Stalin era

Rebecca Harms, the member of the European Parliament from Germany, co-chairman of Euronest Assembly At home in Germany and Europe, compared the verdict by Russia’s Supreme Court against Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko with repressions in the Stalin era.

"Moscow today. Like in Stalin era. The verdict against Ukrainian journalist Roman Suschenko," she wrote on Twitter.

On Wednesday, September 12, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the verdict delivered by the Moscow City Court to Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was sentenced to 12 years in a high-security penal colony.

As reported, Ukrinform Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko was illegally detained on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip.

On October 7, 2016, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.

On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The appeal against the sentence was filed on June 5.


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