Russia denies Ukrainian consul’s access to arrested journalist Sushchenko

The employees of the Ukrainian consulate in Russia have not yet managed to visit journalist Roman Sushchenko held hostage by the Kremlin.

This was announced by Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Russia Ruslan Nimchynskyi, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.

"Our consul has been pressing for a meeting with the detainee but to no avail. All the formalities have been complied with, i.e. all the necessary motions were sent yesterday. We are actively working to arrange the consul's visit. The consul is in Lefortovo today. He was trying to get visit permit but has not been granted one so far. Our written request is being considered," he said Monday.

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Earlier, members of Moscow Public Monitoring Commission have found correspondent for Ukrinform news agency Roman Sushchenko in Lefortovo prison. The Lefortovo court of Moscow arrested the journalist on charges of espionage (article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) for two months.

Later, Ukraine's Information Policy Ministry confirmed the detention of Sushchenko. The ministry said its legal department was collecting necessary information on the circumstances and reasons for the detention.

In turn, the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) claims Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko is the agent of Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: "The case was initiated into charges of espionage."

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