Sushchenko will be left in prison's 'safe place' – defense lawyer

Sushchenko will be left in prison's 'safe place' – defense lawyer

The third three-month term of the stay of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, illegally convicted in Russia, in a safe place in a penal colony expires in early August, and the question of extending his stay there "has been fundamentally resolved," Sushchenko's defense lawyer Mark Feygin has told an Ukrinform correspondent.

"First and foremost, I want to note that Ukrainian Consul Albert Cherniyuk has recently visited my client. There is another important news. The third three-month term of Roman Sushchenko's stay in a safe place expires in early August. We can say now that the question of extending Sushchenko's stay in a safe place in the colony has been fundamentally resolved. There are just formalities left," Feygin said.

He also specified that he plans to visit Sushchenko in the near future.

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 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 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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