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Sushchenko had no journalist visa when entering Russia in 2016, - Russian foreign ministry

Ukrainian political prisoner remains in custody, charged with 'espionage'; Russian aw enfrocers detained him in autumn 2016
12:18, 21 May 2018

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Russia's foreign ministry urged Ukraine not to compare the cases of Roman Sushchenko and Kyrylo Vyshynsky, opened in Russia and Ukraine, respectively. Mariya Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian authority said that as quoted by TASS news agency. 

'Any comparisons of Sushchenko and Russia Today news agency reporters that are based in Ukraine have no grounds - not even by some moral standards, but merely in terms of law', she said.

She added that when Sushchenko came to Russia, he was not considered a reporter - under the Russian law. 'Russia today correspondent worked in Ukraine as a certified reporter, and it was his journalist activity that caused searches; and then, the arrest folowed. As for Mr. Sushchenko, who came to Russia, he never worked as a journalist here (...) It is a documented fact that Sushchenko was not a reporter when he came to Russia. He never filed documents to get a journalist visa', she said. 

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.

 

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