Julia Sushchenko, the daughter of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who is illegally kept in a Russian detention center, has showcased two pictures created by her father with the help of pens, pencils, tea and onion skins.
"I'd like to show you new pictures of our Roman Sushchenko. This time he 'brings' us to the suburbs of the Italian city of Parma and the Ar Men lighthouse in France's Brittany. My dad used paper, ballpoint pens, pencils, tea and onion skins to create the images. My father drew them in the Lefortovo detention center in August and December 2017, but we've received them only today," Julia wrote on Facebook on April 3.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked Sushchenko for the strength of the spirit.
"Thank you, Roman, for the strength of the spirit despite the desire of the Kremlin regime to make you lose the will," the president wrote on Facebook on the same day. "A few days ago, a Moscow court again used false reasons to extend the term of the Ukrainian journalist's detention for another six months. We continue to make every effort to get Roman Sushchenko and all our hostages freed."
The pictures were sent enclosed in a letter, he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian Ukrinform news agency, was detained at an airport in Moscow, Russia, in September 2016. He was charged with espionage. Russian lawyer Mark Feygin on March 29 called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to facilitate the exchange of his client, Roman Sushchenko.
On March 27, the journalist's detention was extended for six months. The Moscow court announced a break in hearings on the Sushchenko case until April 23.