Moscow court extends arrest of Ukrainian political prisoner Sushchenko

Moscow city court on Thursday authorized prolongation of arrest to Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko who was illegally detained in Russia on espionage charges.

This was announced by journalist's lawyer Mark Feygin on Twitter, Censor.NET reports.

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"The Moscow city court has dismissed the appeal against arrest of Roman Sushchenko," the lawyer said.

As previously reported, members of Moscow's Public Monitoring Commission found Ukrinform news agency correspondent Roman Sushchenko in Lefortovo prison Oct. 2. The Lefortovo court of Moscow remanded the journalist in a two-month custody on charges of espionage (article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) the following day. Ukraine's Information Policy Ministry also 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 claims Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko is an agent of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD.

On Oct. 8, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) officers apprehended an agent of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces in Rivne. A spy turned out a Ukrainian citizen currently residing Russia. His task was to recruit a senior staff officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n419457