Lawyer Feygin says investigation into Sushchenko’s case may last whole summer

Mark Feygin, the lawyer of illegally arrested Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko, says that there will be no investigation into his client’s case in the near future.

"We expected that during this period between holidays, some investigative actions would have been carried out and there the results of examinations would have been announced. But unfortunately, the investigator still doesn’t say anything about this. We’ll see, maybe something will happen after the holidays,” Feygin said.

Earlier, the lawyer said that according to his approximate assessments, the investigation could last all the summer, and materials could be submitted to the court in August-September.

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.

October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denied any guilt.

November 28, Moscow’s Lefortovo District Court extended the pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko until January 30, 2017.

January 25, the court extended the pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko until April 30, 2017.

On April 26, the court extended the pre-trial detention term of Sushchenko until June 30, 2017.

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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