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Alert created on: 03 Oct 2016 n° 107/2016 Russian Federation

Ukrainian Journalist Held on ‘Spying‘ Allegations

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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The authorities in Russia arrested Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko who is believed to be currently detained in the Lefortovo prison in Moscow, according to human rights organisations. Media reports in Russia said that the 47-year-old Paris correspondent for the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform since 2010 was arrested on his arrival in Russia and was charged with spying, a charge that the agency has strongly refuted.

The journalist’s family had been without news of him for two days, after he left Paris for a private visit to Moscow during his leave. Suchchenko reportedly complained that he had been put under psychological pressure and was not allowed to contact his wife to inform her about his arrest.
09 Sep 2019
On 7 September 2019, journalist Roman Sushchenko was released as a result of an exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. Sushchenko was reprotedly pardoned and banned from entering the Russian Federation for 20 years.
14 Sep 2018
On 12 September 2018, the Supreme Court of Russia rejected the appeal by Roman Sushchenko against his 12-year prison sentence on charges of spying. The journalist announced his intention to file an application with the ECHR.
04 Jun 2018
On 4 June 2018, a Moscow city court sentenced Roman Sushchenko to 12 years in a strict-regime prison on espionage charges
05 Apr 2018
On 27 March 2018, Moscow City Court extended the term of Roman Sushchenko's detention in custody for six months, until 16 September 2018. An appeal was filed against this decision.
24 Jan 2018
On 24 January 2018 a Moscow Court extended Sushchenko’s detention until 30 March 2018.
16 Oct 2017
Between November 2016 and September 2017, Courts extended several times the pre-trial detention term of Roman Sushchenko. The last extension runs until 30 November 2017.
30 Nov 2016
On 28 November 2016, the Lefortovo District Court ordered to extend the pre-trial detention of Mr Sushchenko until 30 January 2017
09 Sep 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative welcomes release of Sentsov, Sushchenko and Vyshinsky, thanks both countries for this achievement.
14 Sep 2018
OSCE Representative reiterates call to release journalist Roman Sushchenko, following Russian Supreme Court upholding his sentence
05 Jun 2018
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, deplored the sentencing of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko to 12 years in prison in the Russian Federation, and reiterated his call to release the journalist.
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