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 “They’ll definitely extend his detention, so I have no illusions, although see positive developments,” - Feygin on Sushchenko case

There are positive developments in the process of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko’s release.

As reported by Censor.NET, journalist's lawyer Mark Feygin said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"I got no illusions as I am confident that they will extend [Sushchenko's] detention. Most likely, everything will remain unchanged. But, nevertheless, there are some positive developments," Feygin said.

Read more: Moscow court extends arrest of Ukrainian political prisoner Sushchenko

According to the lawyer, the recently adopted PACE resolution condemning attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe will definitely influence the process of negotiations for the release of Sushchenko.

"It impacts the negotiation process launched to release Sushchenko and bring him back home. We do not focus on certain procedure right now, on how exactly it will be accomplished. Anyway, this international pressure is pushing for these negotiations and, altogether, this will sooner or later yield result," he added.

Read more: PACE adopts resolution demanding to release Sentsov, Sushchenko and Semena

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.


 
 
 
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