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Ukrainian political prisoner Sushchenko has long date with family

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sushchenko's relatives could hug him for the first time over 2,5 years
09:47, 17 January 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko
Ukrinform

Political prisoner Roman Sushchenko kept in Russia has met with his wife and daughter, as Ukrinform reported.

"My mother and I could hug our Roman Sushchenko for the first time over the past 2,5 years. In general, the date went well. My father lost weight. It was clear this period was difficult for him. He is quite fine. A local doctor regularly checks his blood pressure. We passed the words of support to my father and showed him postcards from the colleagues. He expresses gratitude and sends greetings to everyone," Yuliya Sushchenko said.

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According to her, the date lasted for three days. It was held in a special room for long dates with the prisoners.

"My father said that the living conditions of his detention in the colony had improved after a series of appeals from the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow and Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova. He was transferred to a warmer cell, and he can now have hot water at least," she noted.

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At the same time, Sushchenko’s daughter stressed that there were issues with phone calls. He is promised to have such opportunity, yet he is not let to the phone.

Moscow City Court of Russia has sentenced Roman Sushchenko, the citizen of Ukraine to 12 years in the hard labor colony for espionage. Russia’s FSB believes that Sushchenko came from Paris to Moscow to visit his cousin in September 2016 to collect information on the Mariupol attack. The court session against Sushchenko took place in camera and the court announced only introductory and resume parts of the decision. 

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