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 FSB isolated Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko in jail to extract confession, lawyer says

Lawyer Mark Feygin said it was no coincidence that Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko was isolated in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison.

Censor.NET reports citing TSN.

Feygin noted he was not allowed to get acquainted with the case files. Moreover, neither he nor the consuls were permitted to visit the defendant.

The attorney suggests that Sushchenko does not plead guilty and is forced to renounce his lawyer.

The consul and defender take turns in keeping a vigil outside FSB-run Lefortovo detention facility. They are convinced that Roman Sushchenko was isolated for a reason.

"He told about moral coercion exerted against him. That clearly shows that he is being worked over to extract confession," Feygin said.

Read more: Sushchenko doesn't work for Ukrainian intelligence, - MoD's statement on Russian-detained journalist

Earlier, members of Moscow's Public Monitoring Commission found Ukrinform news agency correspondent 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.

Read more: Russia denies Ukrainian consul's access to arrested journalist Sushchenko

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 claims Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko is an agent of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD.
 
 
 
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