Court extends arrest of Sushchenko for another two months

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The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow has extended pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko until January 30, 2017.

Lawyer Mark Feygin posted this on his Twitter page.

“Lefortovsky Court extended arrest of Roman Sushchenko until January 30, 2017,” the lawyer wrote.

The court hearing in the case of Roman Sushchenko has been held today in the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow behind the closed doors.

As reported, 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.

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