In flashback: Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko detained in Russia two years ago

12:40, 30 September 2018
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Sushchenko has illegally been kept in Russia for two years already / Photo from Roman Tsymbaliuk

He was charged with "espionage," as the Russian authorities insist he is an "operative" of Ukraine's intelligence service.

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A Russian court started considering the Sushchenko case on March 27, 2018. On June 4, the Moscow city court sentenced Sushchenko to a 12-year term in a high-security penal colony.

On September 12, 2018, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the ruling, overruling the lawyer's appeal.

Sushchenko says he disagrees with the verdict and will continue the struggle for his release, including by lodging a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights.

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