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OSCE calls on Russia to release Ukraine's Sushchenko

Organization's Representative on Freedom of the Media expressed hope that the 12 years-long sentence will be canceled due to the appeal
08:37, 1 October 2018
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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir urged the Russian government to release Ukrainian reporter Roman Sushchenko. The Organization's press service reported this, quoting the official.  
'Journalists in the OSCE region should be able to work without fear of intimidation or imprisonment. Sushchenko’s 12-year sentence is exceptionally harsh, and I hope his conviction will be overturned on appeal', Desir said.

Previously, Russia's Supreme Court declined the appeal on the sentence in Sushchenko's case, as he faced 12 years in prison. 

As we reported earlier, the Russian federal security service detained Sushchenko in late September 2016. The Ukrainian reporter was charged with espionage; the lawyer said they could put him behind the bars for 20 years - unless Sushchenko pleads guilty.

Ukraine has been repeatedly turning to Russia demanding to set the journalist free.  

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