EU Today’s publishing editor Gary Cartwright shares his impressions about the works by Roman Sushchenko, which were created in Russian penal institutions and have recently been on display at the Press Club in Brussels.
“Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko also has a second string to his bow in that he is an accomplished artist. Sadly, the artist could not be present himself, as he is currently imprisoned in Russia on trumped up charges,” writes Gary Cartwright in an article for the EU Today.
As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the article was published on website of Brussels’ media outlet EU Today on the Catholic Christmas day, December 25.
The Press Club Brussels Europe leader Dmytro Shkurko presented impressive drawings by the Ukrainian political prisoner and told the story of his illegal imprisonment in Russia.
Cartwright notes that Sushchenko’s colleagues and fellow journalists remember him, especially at this time of the year, and vow to continue to call for his release.
As reported, Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko was illegally detained on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On October 7, 2016, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Main Intelligence Directorate denied this allegation.
On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.
In November, Sushchenko was transferred to Penal Colony No. 11 of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service directorate for the Kirov region (the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, the village of Utrobino).
As is known, Ukrainian Roman Sushchenko, the 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 the 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.