Moscow court leaves Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko behind the bars

Moscow court leaves Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko behind the bars

The Moscow City Court has rejected a complaint filed by the defense team of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally detained in Russia, against the extension of his arrest.

The journalist's lawyer, Mark Feygin, wrote this on Twitter.

"The complaint has been rejected. Sushchenko is left under the arrest," he wrote.

The lawyer also recalled that the investigation into the case against Sushchenko had been completed. "We have got acquainted with 2 volumes out of 10. According to the version of the Russia’s Security Service, Roman collected information about the Russian troops’ invasion of Ukraine," he said.

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.

September 25, the pre-trial detention term of Sushchenko was prolonged until November 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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