Russian court to sentence Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko to 20 years in prison – lawyer

17:10, 19 November 2017
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A Moscow court is going to sentence Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, earlier arrested in Russia on trumped-up espionage charges, to 20 years' imprisonment, according to his lawyer Mark Feygin.

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"Tomorrow, Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko's wife and daughter will arrive to visit him on the eve of 'trial', where the court is going to sentence him to 20 years' imprisonment for 'collecting information about the alleged Russia's invasion of Ukraine' in the summer and autumn of 2016, according to investigators," Feygin said.

Read alsoRussia completes probe into Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko's espionage caseAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on September 30, 2016, detained an Ukrinform correspondent, Roman Sushchenko, in Moscow, labeling him a "Ukrainian intelligence operative" who allegedly "deliberately collected classified information on activities of the armed forces and the national guard of the Russian Federation."

Sushchenko was officially charged with espionage.

September 25, 2017, Moscow's Lefortovo district court extended the arrest of the Ukrainian journalist until November 30.

On October 21, Feygin said that the investigation into the Sushchenko case had been completed.

"We have read two volumes [of the case] out of ten. According to the FSB, Roman collected information about a Russian military incursion into Ukraine," the lawyer said.

On November 10, the Moscow court found it legitimate to extend the arrest of Suschenko until November 30.

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