Ukraine’s Permanent Delegation to the UN passed António Guterres, UN Secretary General, a letter from Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry with a protest against the sentence Russian court have chosen for Roman Sushchenko, Ukrinform correspondent, illegally arrested in Moscow.
“I am grateful for your support spreading this letter as a document of the General Assembly according to the 72nd session agenda and the document of the Security Council,” the message of Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to UN, says.
The letter includes the text of the official comment of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry concerning the sentence chosen for Roman Sushchenko.
“Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry expresses a protest against the illegal decision made by Moscow City Court as of June 4, 2018 to sentence Roman Sushcheno, a Ukrainian journalist, to 12 years of imprisonment for fake accusation of espionage,” the comment says.
“As the representatives of the Foreign Ministry noted, the Russian court predicted the provocation committed against Sushchenko and proved by the defence, and the falsification of the case. This is another evidence of the fact that Russia lacks justice,” the message says.
“The fact that Russia neglects the fundamental human rights demonstrated that there is a need to intensify the international pressure on Moscow to stop the aggression, repression and oppression of the Ukrainian citizens,” the representatives of the Foreign Ministry stressed.
Therefore, Kyiv demanded Russia to cancel the illegal decision on Sushchenko’s case immediately, release him and provide a safe return to Ukraine.
“We call the international community, the international human rights institutions for taking all possible legal and political measures to release Roman Sushchenko and return him to Ukraine as well as other Ukrainian citizens, who became the hostages of the Kremlin regime within the conditions of the continuous aggression against our state,” the Foreign Ministry statement says.
On June 4, Moscow City Court of Russia has sentenced Roman Sushchenko, the citizen of Ukraine to 12 years in the hard labor colony for the espionage. 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.