Lawyer Mark Feygin protecting Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko talked about the discredit campaign by the Kremlin against his client. Ukrinform agency reports this.
"Now the anti-campaign of Kremlin against Roman Sushchenko is obviously visible. It is in Russia and in the West. It is understandable, as usual, although there are some bad parts, but I am especially concerned about the Ukraine’s point of view on this issue", said Feygin.
According to him, it's not the provocative statements by the representatives of the opposition bloc, applying the principle of the presumption of innocence not to their fellow citizen, but to the FSB. Worryingly, Kremlin's message "Nah, it’s a crook business, there’s something wrong ..." spreads in Ukraine too.
"However, FSB investigation does not provide any evidence against my client. The emphasis is on the information field. But this, unfortunately, brings some benefits that won’t work in our favor”, said Feygin.
He said that special attention in Russia is paid to the dissemination of this message across pro-government agents of influence on the human rights environment that are supported by Kremlin’s grants.
"So we have a lot of hard work, not only in the legal space, but also in the information field. The government of Russia currently set a clear task to get the public’s support or at least neutrality in the Sushchenko’s case. We need to turn the situation to our favor and not allow them to win this case", Feygin stressed.
Earlier, First Vice Speaker of the Parliament Iryna Gerashchenko announced that she is waiting for the reaction on Sushchenko arrest from Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.
As it was reported earlier, Lefortovsky court in Moscow arrested Ukrainian reporter Roman Sushchenko for two months under charges of ‘espionage’ on October 1, according to Ekaterina Krasnova, the court’s press secretary.
The parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy saind on Monday, that the Verkhovna Rada is to turn to the PACE and the OSCE on Tuesday, asking them to assess the illegal detention of Ukrainian reporter Roman Sushchenko
The world's largest organization of media professionals International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its subsidiaries in Europe (EFJ) have also urged the Russian Federation to release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko.