Official Ottawa treats the delivered sentence as an attempt to derogate the journalists.
'As the former journalist, I am appalled by the arrest and sentence of the Ukrainian journalist to 12 years in jail in Russia. Canada condemns this attempt to repress those who work in the defense of truth', Freeland wrote.
On June 4, Moscow City Court of Russia has sentenced Roman Sushchenko, the citizen of Ukraine to 12 years in the hard labor colony for the espionage. The court session against Sushchenko took place in the closed regime and the court announced only introductory and resume parts of the decision. The defense is going to appeal to the court's decision.
Ukrainian Roman Sushchenko, the reporter of Ukrinfiorm news agency, was detained in September 2016 in Moscow and accused by the FSB of espionage. For this, he faces 20 years in prison. Ukraine has appealed to Russia with a demand to release the Ukrainian journalist multiple times.
The lawyer explained that Sushchenko, who lived in France for six years, being a Ukrinform correspondent in Paris, has visited Russia multiple times, and during the detention, he was there for his own reasons. He has relatives in Russia.