Russian Federal Security Service started to "develop" the Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko’s case last year. Jourmalist’s lawyer mark Feygin announced this during a press conference at Ukrinform.
"From the materials of the case it is obvious that the charges on Sushchenko had been developed since last year. This is the usual standard scenario. There is nothing sudden in this case", he said.
According to Feygin, a criminal case on suspicion of spying of the journalist is the consequence of a hybrid war between Russia and Ukraine.
A lawyer at a press conference at Ukrinform added that Sushchenko has been framed by a man whom he knew for 28 years.
"A close friend, whom Sushchenko knew for 28 years, gave incriminating evidence against him. There’s nothing to be surprised of, as there is always someone who will grass you up", Feygin said.
Feygin said that he had filed a petition for Sushchenko to be allowed to see someone of his relatives.
"While I did not get the answer, it most likely will be negative, but we are conducting the negotiations. He also has the right to have telephone conversations, which he also was not allowed to do. If the political negotiations will be effective, they will let Roman to call", said 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.