The letter written by Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainian reporter illegally detained in Russia, has been delivered to the secretariat of the French president. Mark Feygin, his lawyer told that to the press on May 26.
‘The French Embassy confirmed that my defendant’s letter was delivered – so it’s at least at the secretariat of the French president now. I hope this issue will be raised on May 29, when Macron and Putin are expected to negotiate,’ he said.
According to the lawyer, current French-Russian dialogue is impossible without talking through several problems – such as an attempt to interfere with French presidential election and the Sushchenko case.
Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko was detained by the FSB during his private visit to Russia in September 2016. In October 2016, Russian prosecutors charged him with ‘espionage’, saying the reporter worked for Ukraine’s military intelligence. The Ukrainian side denied that; the Ukrainian government has repeatedly demanded to release Sushchenko ever since, referring to him as one of the many political prisoners in Russia.