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 Journalist Sushchenko to be indicted Oct. 7, - lawyer

The charges against journalist Sushchenko unlawfully arrested in the Russian Federation will be filed on Friday, Oct. 7.

As reported by Censor.NET, lawyer Mark Feygin said in an interview to ZN.UA.

"The charges will be filed on Friday. He is now in custody as a suspect. The decision to prosecute him as a charged offender will be taken on Friday," the lawyer said after visiting his client in Moscow's Lefortovo prison.

The lawyer recalled that Sushchenko was suspected of committing a crime covered by article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - espionage.

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"They charge him with espionage covered by article 276 of the Criminal Code. The ruling does have some accusatory theory describing the events. Unfortunately, I cannot disclose these events because they may contain sensitive information constituting state secrets. I have not signed a pledge of secrecy but if I unveil the details now it may provide a good reason for my withdrawal from this case. Roman very much asked to help him and I cannot take that risk. However, there is no sign of espionage," Feygin stressed.

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Earlier, members of Moscow's Public Monitoring Commission found Ukrinform news agency correspondent Roman Sushchenko in Lefortovo prison. 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).

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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