Illegally convicted in Russia journalist Roman Sushchenko signed the document on the agreement to serve sentence in Ukraine, as Ukrinform reported citing his defender, former lawyer Mark Feygin.
“During a recent phone conversation with Roman Sushchenko, and even another earlier and personal conversation, we also discussed the prospects of the exchange, release. I can tell that in summer Roman signed the documents provided by the Russian party on his agreements on serving sentence in Ukraine,” Feygin said.
However, he noted there is no need to overstate this fact as the mentioned documents might be kept on the shelves of the Russian officials waiting for their time.
Feygin added that he does not know anything about the plans of the Russian authorities on Sushchenko.
According to him, generally, the negotiations about the possible exchange are “at the stage of paralysis”.
Earlier, Feygin stated that Roman Sushchenko could be either exchanged for some Russian prisoner detained in Ukraine or be brought back to Ukraine where he would serve time in jail.
Ukrainian political prisoner, reporter of Ukrinform news agency Roman Sushchenko was detained in Moscow, where he came to with a private visit in September 2016; Russian prosecutors charged him with 'espionage'. In June 2018, he was sentenced to 12 years in a high-security penal colony.