26 October 2016

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Ukrinform journalist detained in Russia, lawyer arrives at Moscow jail

Lawyer Mark Feygin has arrived at the Moscow-based Lefortovo pre-trial detention facility to visit the detained Ukrainian journalist from the Ukrinform state-run news agency Roman Sushchenko, who is accused of spying in Russia.

"At night, I was already near the Lefortovo jail to add myself into the list to visit Sushchenko. The lawyers spend weeks here, trying to get to their clients," Feygin wrote on Twitter.

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

"So, I'm defending Roman Sushchenko at the request of the detainee's wife and Ukrinform's management," he tweeted.

Feygin also expressed the hope that the Russian Federal Security Service's agencies would let him see Sushchenko.

"I hope that the Federal Security Service will not prevent my meeting with Roman Sushchenko and ensure the right to defense," he wrote.

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).

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