Illegal arrest: Ukrainian journalist left in custody in Russia

17:41 Nov. 28, 2016

Ukrainian journalist left in custody in Russia

Ukrainian journalist protest over arrest of Roman Sushchenko, October 6, 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine (UNIAN)

Illegally detained Roman Sushchenko will remain in prison for two more months, decides Lefortovo court in Moscow

Russian court prolonged Roman Sushchenko's arrest until January 30, 2017. The Ukrainian journalist, a Paris-based correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency, was detained in Moscow on September 30 on suspicion of collecting classified information.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) labeled him as a Ukrainian intelligence officer who allegedly "deliberately collected classified information on activities of the armed forces and the national guard of the Russian Federation."

He was formally charged with espionage on October 7. The Ukrainian government has denied that Sushchenko is an agent of the intelligence services and handed a protest note to the Russian consul in Kyiv. 

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