Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, sentenced to 12 years in high-security prison in Russia, was accused of an attempt to clear up the possibility of a new attack on Mariupol by the “DNR” terrorists. Commersant.ru report that citing their source.
According to the Kommersant, Russia’s FSB believes that Sushchenko came from Paris to Moscow to visit his cousin in September 2016 to collect information.
“Allegedly, being a graduate of a military school, Sushchenko with a colonel rank worked for Ukrainian intelligence under the guise of a journalist. According to the investigation, he was interested in finding out structural details of Russia’s Federal National Guard Troops Service, created shortly before that. Apart from that Mr. Sushchenko, according to FSB, was trying to clear up the possibility of a new attack on Mariupol from “DNR”,” reports the outlet.
As it was reported earlier, the Moscow City Court of Russia has sentenced Roman Sushchenko, the citizen of Ukraine to 12 years in the hard labor colony for the espionage. The court session against Sushchenko took place in the closed regime and the court announced only introductory and resume parts of the decision.
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.