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Russian lawyer Mark Feygin has said the prosecution asked the Moscow City Court to sentence Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, accused in Russia of espionage, to 14 years in prison.

"The prosecution asked 14 years for Roman Sushchenko," Feygin wrote on Twitter.

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Today, oral statements of the parties on this case are being held in the Moscow City Court.

Feygin added the sentence would be pronounced on June 4, 2018.

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.

On April 24, Sushchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin was deprived of his official license in Russia.