Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally detained in Russia, was placed in a punishment cell in a Russian prison. This was reported by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmyla Denisova on Facebook.
Denisova said that the staff of the colony forced Sushchenko to wake up before all the prisoners do - at 5 a.m. and withdraw bedding.
“And this cruel treatment of Ukrainian prisoner happens on the eve of the New Year holidays,” she added.
Denisova appealed to Tatyana Moskalkova, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, with a demand "to immediately find out the grounds for placing Roman in a punishment cell and take the necessary actions to restore the violated rights of the Ukrainians."
We recall, the correspondent of the news agency "Ukrinform" in France, Roman Sushchenko was detained on charges of spying on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. The FSB of Russia said that Sushchenko is an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Ukrainian intelligence has denied this.
On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a penal colony. The Ukrainian side appealed the verdict, but the Supreme Court of Russia declared it lawful.