Roman Sushchenko may be sent to penal colony on Monday

Roman Sushchenko may be sent to penal colony on Monday

Mark Feygin, the public defender of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko, says his client may be sent to a penal colony on Monday.

"Among other things, as I have been denied a visit to Roman Sushchenko in the Lefortovo detention center, his meeting with the family is also delayed. There is only a verbal agreement with the detention center; there are no papers on the date and time. On Monday, Roman Sushchenko may be sent to colony," Feygin posted on Facebook.

As reported, Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko was illegally detained on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On October 7, 2016, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB said that Sushchenko was a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.

The Moscow City Court on June 4 sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years of imprisonment in a high-security penitentiary for alleged espionage. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.


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