Lefortovsky court in Moscow arrested Ukrainian reporter Roman Sushchenko for two months – under charges of ‘espionage’. Ekaterina Krasnova, the court’s press secretary, said this on Monday.
Mark Feygin, the famous Russian lawyer and human rights activist, told the outlet he is about to file an appeal on the court’s decision.
Earlier, Ukrinform agency, the outlet that the reporter works for, signed contract with Sushchenko’s wife. The paper states that Mark Feygin (widely known for protecting interests of several Ukrainians in Russia, including former political prisoner Nadiya Savchenko) would protect Roman Sushchenko in court.
The Russian authorities, specifically the Foreign Ministry and the FSB, the federal security service, claim that Sushchenko is agent of Ukraine's reconnaissance who was busted in Russia and detained as a 'spy'.
Ukraine's Chief Department of Intelligence of the Defense Ministry denies this information.
Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who works for Ukrinform news agency, was found in pre-trial detention facility of Lefortovo prison (Moscow). Open Russia, the group of Russian human rights activists, reported this at their official website on Sunday night.
According to Sushchenko, the law enforcers put psychological pressure on him; they didn’t let him call home and tell the wife he was arrested. The FSB, Russian federal security service, provided Sushchenko with a lawyer.
Sushchenko asked the human rights watchers to contact with Ukrainian consul in Moscow. The diplomat already confirmed officially that the reporter was arrested in Russia.