Freedom of mind and spirit are as important as physical one, Gregory Roberts writes to Sushchenko

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Gregory David Roberts, the famous Australian writer and author of the cult novel Shantaram, has commented on the words of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko that his book is one of the most popular in the library at the Lefortovsky detention center.

An Ukrinform correspondent received a response from literary agent of the writer Joe Regal.

"Thank you for your note about SHANTARAM in the prison library. Greg Roberts is always happy to hear that people are reading his work - but especially people who have experienced some of the challenges he has. Freedom of mind and spirit are just as important as physical freedom, and if he has contributed to that, he is grateful," Regal wrote.

In the middle of June, Roman Sushchenko wrote in his letter that was devoted to the role of books in his life: "With a smile, I read eight hundred and sixty-one pages of the most popular hit among the prisoners - "Shantaram" by Gregory Roberts."

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.

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

June 27, the term of detention of Sushchenko in custody was extended until September 30. Lawyer Mark Feygin filed a complaint against this decision.

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