The lawyer of Roman Sushchenko who was arrested in Russia on suspicion of espionage, Mark Feygin announced that his client may be exchanged for Viktor Pavlenko, who was detained in Rivne on October 8, 2016. He wrote this on his Twitter page.
Some media suggest that it is about a detention of Russian spy in Ukraine. The Security Service reported that the detainee is a citizen of Ukraine, but he’s living in Russia. His task was to recruit one of the senior officers of the Land Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The agent of Russian General Intelligence Department had to offer citizenship and money for the information classified as "secret" and "top secret".
"The basis is only our desire, because there are no signs or opportunities for immediate implementation of this option. It’s very difficult to achieve the realization of the exchange if the name of a person that can be exchanged for Sushchenko is not announced. When we announced about Viktor Pavlenko who is accused of working for Russia's Intelligence Department and detained in Rivne, we publicly voiced of the name of a person who theoretically could be exchanged," Feygin said.
The initiative to announce this surname came from the Intelligence Department wife of the detained in Ukraine Pavlenko who addressed the lawyer.
"His wife wrote to me. She is in Moscow. She said that we could name her husband, and say that she is running around here, appealing to authorities and trying to do something," the defender said.
There was no reaction to his statement so far, and may be won’t be, according to him.
“No investigation activities were conducted during last and this week. The hearing on extending his arrest period will probably take place this week and I’ll see him there. He’s feeling god today, he’s optimistic. He wrote letter to his wife,” Feygin commented on Sushchenko’s state.