According to the report, the Mission of Ukraine to NATO decided to join the action in support of Sushchenko and to congratulate him on his 50th birthday. They call him “the symbol of the fight for many Ukrainians”.
“We wish him to stay strong and to return home as soon as possible, we wish him to celebrate his next birthday at home with family at his side”, - the report said.
As we reported earlier, Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko was illegally detained on September 30, 2016, in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On October 7, 2016, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Main Intelligence Directorate denied this allegation.
On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.