The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed protest in connection with the announcement of the official charges by the FSB to the journalist, correspondent of the National Information Agency Ukrinform in France Roman Sushchenko. It is reported by the Foreign Ministry press service.
"Groundless arrests and contrived, unfounded accusation of Ukrainian journalist of espionage is another confirmation of Russia's policy on increasing pressure on Ukraine and the illegal persecution of Ukrainian citizens. The deliberate ignoring the appeals of the Ukrainian side to immediately admit Ukrainian consul to Roman Sushchenko is a continuation of the purposeful policy of the Kremlin on the cynical use of Ukrainian citizens for political purposes and human rights violations", reads the statement.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported it demands from the Russian Federation to immediately release Roman Sushchenko and all other citizens of Ukraine held in Russia as political prisoners. The Ministry also calls on the international community to increase pressure on the Russian Federation with a view to a speedy end to human rights violations and persecution of independent journalists.
As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian journalist is officially brought charges in espionage. Lawyer Mark Feygin announced that.
Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who works for Ukrinform news agency, was found in pre-trial detention facility of Lefortovo prison (Moscow). Open Russia, the group of Russian human rights activists, reported this at their official website on Sunday night.
According to Sushchenko, the law enforcers put psychological pressure on him; they didn’t let him call home and tell the wife he was arrested. The FSB, Russian federal security service, provided Sushchenko with a lawyer.
Sushchenko asked the human rights watchers to contact with Ukrainian consul in Moscow. The diplomat already confirmed officially that the reporter was arrested in Russia.