The Ukrainian delegation at the UN condemned the unlawful imprisonment of the Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko in Russia and urged for his immediate release. This was stated on Friday at the meeting of the Fourth Committee of UN General Assembly by the first secretary of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations Oleh Nikolenko, Ukrinform reports.
"We condemn the brutal persecution of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko by Russia. He was thrown into jail on faked charges, and we demand immediate release of Mr. Sushchenko from Russia," Nikolenko said.
He also recalled the persecution and repression by Russian authorities of other journalists who oppose Russia's aggression, including in occupied Crimea.
"The last such incident occurred with Crimean journalist Nikolai Semyon, who received a suspended sentence of two and a half years in September and a ban on journalistic activities for three years on fake charges," the diplomat said.
Earlier investigation of the case of Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko was completed in Russia. This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to his lawyer Mark Feigin.
"We were announced about the end of investigation: the case consists of 10 volumes - procedural, operational materials. I cannot tell anymore, because in it has the status of state secret. We together with my client are now studying the second volume," Feigin said.