Russian Supreme Court upholds ruling on Sushchenko's 12-year imprisonment
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has upheld a ruling by the Moscow City Court on Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko's 12-year imprisonment for "espionage."
The relevant decision was announced by a judge of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Thus, the lawyer's appeal has failed, an UNIAN correspondent in Russia has reported.
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.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Moscow's city court on June 4 sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrainian Ukrinform news agency, to a 12-year term in a high-security colony. The prosecutors insisted on 14-year imprisonment for Sushchenko.
He was charged with "espionage," as the Russian authorities insist he is an "operative" of Ukraine's intelligence service.
The FSB detained Sushchenko at a Moscow airport upon his arrival on September 30, 2016.
The court started considering the Sushchenko case on March 27, 2018.