Ukraine's Foreign Ministry urges Russia to release Sushchenko

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry urges Russia to release Sushchenko

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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine is outraged by the fact that the Russian court dismissed an appeal against the previous decision of the court to prolong the pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko and urges Russia to release him.

Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Mariana Betsa wrote this on Twitter.

The Moscow City Court again dismissed the appeal against the previous decision of the court to prolong the pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko.

"We once again urge Russia to release Roman Sushchenko. His case is politically motivated," Betsa wrote.

As reported, Ukrinform's correspondent in France, Roman Sushchenko, was detained in violation of international rules on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip.

On October 7, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.

On January 24, 2018, Moscow City Court extended the term of Sushchenko's detention in custody for two months - until March 30, 2018. An appeal was filed against this decision.


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