Sushchenko can be exchanged this summer - lawyer

Sushchenko can be exchanged this summer - lawyer

Lawyer Mark Feygin believes that Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko can be exchanged this summer, and he will return to Kyiv.

"This is very realistic... Yesterday [on April 3] I met with some people on Bankova [Street in Kyiv]. As far as I understand, readiness is very high. They are ready to exchange for Sushchenko someone from ten Russian servicemen who are under trial and investigation in Ukraine. The issue of ratio has yet to be discussed. This is a negotiation issue. But the probability is very high," Feygin told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

According to him, French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the economic forum in St. Petersburg in late May may be marked by confidential arrangements regarding the further fate of Sushchenko and the possibility of his return to Kyiv. At the same time, the lawyer believes that the pardon and exchange of Sushchenko may shift the process of release of Ukrainian hostages from Russian prisons.

Earlier, Feygin sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for Sushchenko's exchange.

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.

Moscow City Court extended Sushchenko's arrest until September 16.


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