Sentence for Ukrainian journalists Roman Sushchenko opens a way to the beginning of the procedure of his pardon and return back on the territory of Ukraine, Iryna Gerashchenko, First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament claimed this on Facebook.
‘Ukraine will never admit this worthless sentence and will make every effort to take out Roman, Oleg, other prisoners of the Kremlin from Russian prisons. Theoretically, the final sentence opens a way to the pardon procedure and Roman’s transfer. In practice, everything depends solely on Putin,’ Gerashchenko.
In his turn, Sushchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin claimed to one of the Ukrainian TV channels that the journalist is ready to ask the Russian president for a pardon.
‘Roman is ready to write this miserable piece of paper asking for pardon. No matter what you write, the main thing is to be in Kyiv. He hasn’t pleaded guilty though, the request for pardon does not absolutely mean that you plead guilty.
Feygin claimed that today's decision will be appealed, also the defend will prepare an appeal to the ECHR.
Today, Russian Supreme Court declined the complaint against Sushchenko's sentence of 12 years imprisonment.
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.