Roman Sushchenko transferred to Moscow, lawyer confirms

Roman Sushchenko transferred to Moscow, lawyer confirms

Lawyer Mark Feygin confirms that Ukrinform correspondent Roman Suschenko, who was illegally convicted in Russia, is now in Moscow.

“Sushchenko was transferred to Moscow a few days ago. This is not earth-shattering news since last week,” Feygin posted on Facebook.

Earlier, Ivan Melnikov, the Executive Secretary of Moscow’s Public Oversight Commission, said in the comments to Russian news agency TASS that Sushchenko had been transferred to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

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 November 7, 2018, 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 in Kirov region (the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, the village of Utrobino).

On August 8, 2019, it became known that Sushchenko signed the documents on consent to serve his sentence in Ukraine.


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