Russian law enforcers might force the detained Roman Sushchenko into confessing his ‘allegiance to Ukrainian special services’. Mark Feygin, the Ukrainian’s lawyer said this in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘They try to make him testify that he works for the Chief Intelligence Department of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry; this is exactly what they did with Mr. Sharoyko in Minsk,’ Feygin said.
He added that the Russian authorities could strip him of the lawyer’s status; in this case, making Sushchenko sign the confession would be a lot easier. ‘They could apply pressure on me and deprive me of the status, and then it will be difficult to forecast which way it goes,’ Feygin said.
The journalist of Ukrinform was detained in Moscow on September 30, 2016. He was accused of espionage. Since that time, Sushchenko has been kept in jail. Ukraine has repeatedly appealed to the Russian Federation with a demand to immediately release the journalist.