Public defender and former Russian lawyer (stripped of his attorney status in April 2018) Mark Feygin was allowed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko as his representative in the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR). Feygin reported this on Facebook.
‘I have left the prison where Sushchenko is kept. Now, I will visit Roman as his representative in ECHR. I manage to remain in the case of my defendant without having an attorney status, what would we reach if I had one? We will bail Sushchenko out of trouble, I promise,’ he said.
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.