There is certain progress in the release of Roman Sushchenko, the detained Ukrainian journalist who is now judged in Russia under charges with espionage. Mark Feygin, the reporter’s lawyer, said this in commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘I have no illusions, I’m sure they’ll extend the detention period. Most likely, it will stay the way it is, but there are positive changes, indeed,’ Feygin said.
According to him, the recently passed PACE resolution has certain impact on the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia, where Ukraine demands that the Kremlin release Sushchenko.
Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainain reporter working for Ukrinform news agency, was detained in Russia in early October 2016. The Russian authorities, specifically the Foreign Ministry and the FSB, the federal security service, claimed that Sushchenko is agent of Ukraine's reconnaissance who was busted in Russia and detained as a 'spy'.
Ukraine's Chief Department of Intelligence of the Defense Ministry denies this information, while the Foreign Ministry demands that Russia stop vioalting the citizen's rights and freedoms and release him.