France should immediately intervene in the situation and express its position on the wrongfully detained in Moscow Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko. Journalist's lawyer, Mark Feygin said this in an exclusive interview to Ukrinform.
"We plan to intensify the work on Sushchenko case in France. Roman is accredited there for all departments. That is why France should immediately intervene in the situation and express its position on this issue", Feygin urged.
"We intend to seek the support of the Administration of the current President, and from the official circles of the country as a whole", summed up the lawyer.
Mark Feygin also said that in France, where his client is accredited by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he will travel with the delegation of a large program on Sushchenko’s case in the near future.
"While I can not say exactly when and in what part of the country, but the delegation with Ukrainian participation will go to France in the near future. Spouse of Roman Sushchenko agreed to participate in the final press conference", Feygin said.
He explained that the wife of the journalist is not accustomed to such attention to their family such a situation is new to her, so her participation in a meeting with reporters is even more important. During the delegation's stay in France will be a lot of communication, negotiation, informing the French side of the Sushchenko case, that accredited journalist at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has to be released.
"We are planning to focus on the Normandy format negotiations in the future. It is very important that the President of Ukraine during the Summit in Berlin has raised the issue of Ukrainian political prisoners, including the last of them – Roman Sushchenko", summed up the lawyer.
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.
Earlier Mark Feygin stated that there are no other perspectives for Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko other than the exchange on some Russian citizens detained or convicted in Kyiv.