Premier of Ontario sends postcard to Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Premier of Ontario sends postcard to Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Premier of Ontario, the most populated Canadian province, has sent a postcard to Paris-based Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally arrested in Moscow last year.

This is stated on the Facebook page of the Postcards for Prisoners community.

"The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, stopped by the booth with MPP Yvan T Baker, asked about our work, and signed a card to Roman Sushchenko, the Paris-based Ukrainian journalist who was seized by the Russian security service (FSB) during a private visit to Moscow on 30 September 2016," the statement reads.

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.

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

The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow has repeatedly extended pre-trial detention term of Roman Sushchenko.

June 27, the pre-trial detention term of Sushchenko was prolonged until September 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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