The meeting of Ukraine's diplomatic agent who needed to interview Roman Sushchenko was not allowed to take place until two weeks after his arrest
The Ukrainian consul, who was finally permitted to see Roman Sushchenko, says the detainee has been exposed to moral coercion in the Moscow detention facility. After two weeks of his arrest, Russian law enforcement agencies agreed to let the Ukrainian state representative meet with the detained journalist.
Mark Feygin, Sushchenko's lawyer, was also given permission to talk to his client. According to him, the detainee is kept in a cell together with another inmate, where he can only watch Russian TV channels.
On his first day in the detention facility, Sushchenko was not allowed food or water. Withing a week, he lost 6 kilos and claims he is not guilty to the alleged spying charge.
Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent from the Ukrinform news agency, was detained in the Russian capital on September 30 on suspicion of collecting classified information about Russian army and officially charged him with espionage on October 7.