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 Freeing Sushchenko likely to take more efforts than in Savchenko case, - Feygin

The liberation of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who is accused of espionage in Russia, will require much more efforts than it took to free Nadiia Savchenko.

Roman Sushchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin said on air of Shuster LIVE talk show, Censor.NET reports.

"Most likely, Roman will be released due to political pressure rather than by a court ruling. I do not believe there is a court which can make an unbiased decision. If we want to return Sushchenko home, we have to exert more efforts than in case with Savchenko because the situation has become worse. Much worse than it was two years ago. Russia has grown more brazen and is making fewer attempts at masking its authoritarian regime. No need to pretend anymore. Journalists can be labeled spies," Feygin said.

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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).

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.

Lawyer Mark Feygin later reported that charges against Sushchenko would be brought on Friday, Oct. 7.
 
 
 
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