Putin takes one more hostage: Russia detains Ukrainian journalist, calls him ‘intel colonel' (video)
Society11:55 Oct. 3, 2016

Russia detains Ukrainian journalist, calls him ‘intel colonel' (video)

Putin's secret service captured another Ukrainian on Sept. 30, but kept it secret till now

Lawyer Mark Feygin has arrived at the Moscow-based Lefortovo pre-trial detention facility to visit the detained Ukrainian journalist from the Ukrinform state-run news agency Roman Sushchenko, who is accused of spying in Russia, UNIAN reports.

"At night, I was already near the Lefortovo jail to add myself into the list to visit Sushchenko. The lawyers spend weeks here, trying to get to their clients," Feygin wrote on Twitter.

The lawyer explained that he would defend Sushchenko at the request of the detainee's wife and Ukrinform.

"So, I'm defending Roman Sushchenko at the request of the detainee's wife and Ukrinform's management. I hope that the Federal Security Service will not prevent my meeting with Roman Sushchenko and ensure the right to defense," he wrote.

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Earlier members of NGO Moscow Public Monitoring Commission found Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko being remanded in custody at the Lefortovo prison. The Lefortovo court ruled to detain him on accusations of espionage.

Ukrinform revealed a statement on the incident with some details: "Ukrinform is indignant at the illegal arrest of own correspondent, who has been working at the agency since 2002, and is Ukrinform own correspondent in France since 2010. Ukrinform stresses that Roman at the time of arrest was on vacation and arrived in Moscow for private purposes. He was detained in Moscow on the day of arrival and the Russian side, in violation of all international rules, didn't inform anybody on his detention – neither his wife nor diplomatic institutions, or Ukrinform – his place of employment. His wife Anzhela, who still is France, learnt on the detention of husband only on Sunday morning after calling relatives as she couldn't contact with him for two days. However, his relatives were speaking very carefully, avoiding even the word ‘detained'. Immediately after this, Anzhela Sushchenko called ‘hotline' of the Ukrainian Embassy in Russia, and then sent to the Embassy an official statement about her husband's disappearance. Ukrinform and Anzhela Sushchenko learnt about Roman's alleged involvement in espionage from reports in Russia's media".

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Russian FSB in turn called the detained journalist ‘colonel of Ukrainian military intelligence', caught during ‘spy action' aimed to find the ‘secret information about Russian Armed Forces and National Guard', Russian Interfax reports. Agency states, he was arrested on Sept. 30. Also FSB revealed video of detained Sushchenko – but without date nor sound.

Earlier, Russia's FSB (Security Service) reported they detained Ukrainian citizen Artem Shestakov, interpreter for the OSCE, on charges of spying for Ukraine. Ukrainian Security Service declared all charges of OSCE interpreter to be groundless.

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