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 Russia to bring charges against Sushchenko today, all trials to be held in camera over state secret, - Feygin

Correspondent for Ukrinform Roman Sushchenko will be indicted in Russia today. The court is going to sit in camera as the case contains information constituting state secret.

As reported by Censor.NET, Sushchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin told UNIAN.

"Roman will be charged. A decision to institute criminal proceedings against him will be taken by the investigator. This will take place in his office in the investigation department of the FSB. It is also situated in the territory of Lefortovo prison," Feygin said.

He explained that the relevant document would contain the crime description and grounds of his arrest while its conclusion would read: "to bring charges under article 276 of the Criminal Code."

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"We will get acquainted with this ruling, read it. After that, they will draw up a protocol saying that we have read and understood the ruling and whether the guilt has been confessed or not and whether he is ready to testify," the lawyer added.

Feygin stressed that he was unable to meet with his client for two days before the indictment so there was no opportunity to draft the testimony.

"We failed to talk privately. I waited outside Lefortovo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two days in a row, but still failed to visit him," he said and explained that this was the reason why his client was not going to provide testimony Oct. 7. Feygin said that it was prohibited to bring charges against a person without counsel present so he was going to come to the Investigation Department of the FSB at 2.30 p.m.

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He stressed that the consul had never been granted permit to visit Sushchenko since he was detained. Besides, the lawyer said that he had already appealed against Sushchenko's arrest while his appeal would be considered by the Moscow City Court approximately by late October.

"The court is likely to sit in camera and no one will be able to attend the hearing as the case contains information constituting state secret. All hearings of his case will be held in camera without the press," he said.

As previously reported, 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).

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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.

According to lawyer Mark Feygin, charges against Sushchenko will be brought on Friday, Oct. 7.
 
 
 
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