One more Ukrainian hostage in Russia: Moscow Court upholds arrest of Ukrainian journalist

14:43 Oct. 27, 2016

Moscow Court upholds arrest of Ukrainian journalist

A poster depicting journalist Roman Sushchenko during a rally to call for his release on October 6, 2016 near Russian embassy in Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

Roman Sushchenko is charged with espionage

The Moscow City Court has dismissed the appeal of defense team of a Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Moscow.

The judge announced his decision after the hearing held behind the closed doors.

The Russian FSB detained Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of Ukrinform news agency, in Moscow on September 30 labelling him a Ukrainian "intelligence officer" who allegedly "deliberately collected classified information on the activities of the armed forces and the national guard of the Russian Federation."

A court in Moscow has ruled to arrest the journalist on espionage charges until November 30. All court hearings in Sushchenko case are held behind closed doors.

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