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Year of detention: International Federation of Journalists called on Russia to free Sushchenko
18:22, 30 September 2017
Year of detention: International Federation of Journalists called on Russia to free Sushchenko

A Ukrainian journalist was detained in Russia on September 30, 2016 on charges of "espionage"

18:22, 30 September 2017

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The International and European Federation of Journalists resumed appeals to the Russian authorities regarding the release of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko on the anniversary of his arrest on charges of "espionage." This is stated on the website of the European Federation of Journalists.

Thus, the organizations supported the demand of their branches - the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine and the Russian Union of Journalists - about the immediate release of Sushchenko and the conviction of charges against him.

"Roman is a respected professional journalist with a strong reputation, and we hope that increased attention to the apparently absurd case of espionage will help to release him," the president of the NUJU, Serhiy Tomilenko, said.

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"One year of Roman's detention is an insult to the freedom of the media, and we urge the authorities to immediately release Mr. Sushchenko," said IFJ President Anthony Bellanger.

His colleague from the European Federation of Journalists Mogens Blicher Bjerregard also called for the release of the journalist, calling the charges fabricated.

"We believe that the accusations against Roman are completely fabricated in order to silence his critical thought: the authorities must immediately release him," he said.

Let's note, today, September 30, is the year from the day of detention of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushenko in Moscow.

He was accused of espionage, the measure of restraint was prolonged several times. Ukraine repeatedly appealed to the Russian Federation with a demand to immediately release the journalist.

Let us note that on September 25, 2017, Lefortovo District Court of Moscow extended arrest of Suschenko for two more months - until November 30. The defense will appeal this decision.

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