There are no other perspectives for Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko other than the exchange on some Russian citizens detained or convicted in Kyiv. His lawyer Mark Feygin said this after the rejection of the appeal for his arrest in Moscow.
"I can’t see any other prospects besides exchanging Roman for someone from custody or convicted in Kyiv. I think this matter should be a priority, because it can create a good prospect for the rest of Ukrainian citizens, political prisoners who are in Russia", he said.
Later, on his Twitter Feygin said that he intends to arrive in Kyiv on Monday, October 31, to learn about the prospects of exchanging his client.
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.