22 October 2016

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Moscow court rules to arrest Ukrinform journalist for two months

A Moscow-based court has ruled that Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who has been detained in Moscow on charges of "espionage," should be arrested for two months.


As UNIAN reported earlier, members of NGO Public Monitoring Commission of Moscow found Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko being remanded in custody at the Lefortovo pre-trial detention facility. The Lefortovo court ruled to detain him on accusations of espionage (Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

At night, lawyer Mark Feygin arrived at the Moscow-based Lefortovo pre-trial detention facility to visit the detained Ukrainian journalist.

The lawyer explained that he would protect Sushchenko at the request of the detainee's wife and Ukrinform.

On Monday, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) accused Sushchenko of being a Ukrainian intelligence officer.

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