Wife of journalist Sushchenko appeals to First Lady of France

Wife of journalist Sushchenko appeals to First Lady of France

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Anzhela Sushchenko, the wife of illegally arrested in Russia Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko, has asked for help First Lady of France Brigitte Macron. 

"The wife of Roman Sushchenko, Ukrainian journalist arrested in Moscow, asked Brigitte Macron for help in releasing her husband," Mark Feygin, the lawyer of Roman Sushchenko, posted this on Twitter.

The lawyer also noted that his client would ask the French leadership to raise the issue of his release at negotiations with Russian leader during the oncoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Paris.

"The war, which the Russian leadership wages on Ukraine, is absorbing more and more new victims. My husband found himself in this situation, not voluntarily but as a hostage to unpredictable circumstances. He is a journalist, not a ‘spy’ as declared by Moscow," the letter says.

Anzhela writes she is addressing the First Lady of France with the intention to find the right ally in this trouble.

"Of course, the leadership of the French Foreign Ministry and the office of the head of state are fully aware of our problem and are making efforts to resolve it. However, you inspire special trust and confidence as a person able to help me," Anzhela Sushchenko writes.

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

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

April 26, the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow extended pre-trial detention term of Sushchenko until June 30, 2017.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed that Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko is not a staff employee of the Defense Intelligence.

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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