11:43 Oct. 28, 2016
Journalist is under arrest in Russia on fabricated charges
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest regarding decision of the Moscow City Court to uphold the arrest of Ukrainian citizen Roman Sushchenko, detained in Russia in early October.
"Groundless detention of the journalist of the National News Agency of Ukraine in the Russian Federation under politically motivated and fabricated charges in espionage has become another notorious evidence of absence in this country of the legal system and the right for a fair justice," the MFA said in a statement.
"Denial of access to the court room of the Ukrainian consular official causes a particular indignation. This is another evidence of Russia's biased and unfair trial," the ministry added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded to immediately release Sushchenko and other citizens of Ukraine who have become hostages of Russia's aggressive policy.
On October 27 the Moscow City Court has dismissed the appeal of defense team of the Ukrainian journalist. Earlier, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow has ruled to detain Sushchenko until November 30.