'It is ordered to recognize Sushchenko guilty in the commitment of the crime provided by the article 276 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Espionage) and sentence him the punishment in the form of 12 years of imprisonment in the hard labor colony', Oleg Muzychenko, the judge stated.
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.
The lawyer explained that Sushchenko, who lived in France for six years, being a Ukrinform correspondent in Paris, has visited Russia multiple times, and during the detention, he was there for his own reasons. He has relatives in Russia.