A closed and short-lasting session of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation against Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko testifies to the ordered nature of the case. Reads the claim of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Ukrainian MFA expresses a strong protest against the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. According to the decision, the Ukrainian is sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony for “espionage”.
‘Once again, the short duration of the session of the Supreme Court and holding the hearing closed from Ukrainian and foreign diplomats and mass media representatives proved the ordered nature of fabricated case against Roman Sushchenko, and also the willing of the Russian side to hide the actual controllability of the Russian judicial system by the Kremlin from the world community,’ reads the claim.
Ukraine requires to immediately cancel the illegal sentence, to ensure his release and return back to Ukraine.
Moreover, Ukraine calls international community, international human rights institutions to increase political and economic pressure on Russia to release and get Sushchenko and the other Ukrainian citizens back to Ukraine.
Today, Russian Supreme Court declined the complaint against Sushchenko's sentence of 12 years imprisonment. Such a sentence opens a way to the beginning of the procedure of his pardon and return back to the territory of Ukraine, according to the First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament.
Ukrainian Roman Sushchenko, the reporter of Ukrinfiorm news agency, was detained in Moscow in September 2016 and accused by the FSB of espionage. For this, he faced 20 years in prison. Ukraine has appealed to Russia with a demand to release the Ukrainian journalist multiple times. Moscow City Court of Russia has sentenced Roman Sushchenko, the citizen of Ukraine to 12 years in the hard labor colony for the espionage. Russia’s FSB believes that Sushchenko came from Paris to Moscow to visit his cousin in September 2016 to collect information on Mariupol attack. The court session against Sushchenko took place in the closed regime and the court announced only introductory and resume parts of the decision.