Sushchenko sends new drawings from prison

Sushchenko sends new drawings from prison

The family of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally convicted in Russia, has received his new drawings from a penal colony in the Kirov region, the journalist's daughter, Yulia Sushchenko, has told Ukrinform.

"Today I received two letters from my father, dated December. He put drawings into the envelopes – a winter landscape with Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, a floral still life and two cars for my brother," she said.

Each drawing was made on A4 and A5 paper using a pencil, gel and ballpoint pens and pastel.

Prior to that, Sushchenko sent his first drawing from the prison in Utrobino – Rouen Cathedral.

As reported, Sushchenko for the first time had a long meeting with his wife and daughter.

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 claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.

On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.

On October 8, it was reported that Sushchenko had been moved to a penal colony. On November 7, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) informed Ukraine's Embassy in Moscow that Sushchenko had been transferred to Penal Colony No. 11 of the FSIN directorate for the Kirov region (the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, the village of Utrobino).

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