Ukrainian political prisoner Suschenko speaks of conditions at new remand center in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier Roman Suschenko was transferred to the remand center, situated more than a thousand kilometers from Moscow
14:44, 17 December 2018

112 Agency

Illegally convicted in Russia Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko sent his first picture from the remand center situated in Utrobino village, Kirov Oblast, and spoke of his observations about the new place of his detention, as Ukrinform reported.

“A few lines about routine.  Over time passed since the transfer, I had to survive the cultural shock connected, first of all, not with the conditions and “pleasures” of the forced transfer (Stolypin car, poor sanitation, cockroaches about the size of a matchbox, ubiquitous rodents of all kinds, mold, humidity, outer darkness, malnutrition and cold), but the attitude toward people, who changed their social status due to the decision of the court,” Sushchenko wrote.

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According to the journalist, the aim of the workers of the remand center is to intimidate and humiliate the dignity of people, serving sentences.



Sushchenko noted that it is impossible to imagine the detention until a person experiences it. “…It is scary, disturbingly scary,” he wrote.

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The political prisoner also sent the new drawing to the colleagues, the lost “Rouen Cathedral.”  Sushchenko drew it earlier but the drawing was lost for unknown reasons and his family did not get it. So, the journalist decided to draw a new one.


As Sushchenko said, the drawing is made with the help of “Kirov pink kisel” and pastel.

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As is known, Ukrainian Roman Sushchenkothe 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. 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. 

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