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Freedom to Roman Sushchenko: Reporters Without Borders call on Kremlin to release Ukrainian journalist

Freedom to Roman Sushchenko: Reporters Without Borders call on Kremlin to release Ukrainian journalistOn World Press Freedom Day, May 3, the human rights organization Reporters Without Borders has once again called on Moscow to release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko.

This is reported by Ukrinform.

"On World Press Freedom Day, the Reporters Without Borders calls on the Russian government to immediately release Roman Sushchenko, who has been held in a Moscow prison for seven months without a due trial," Christian Mihr, the Executive Director of the Reporters Without Borders Germany, said.

He said that Sushchenko is a hostage of the conflict between the two countries, which makes journalists to carry out their professional activities under pressure.

As was reported earlier, Ukrinform's correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow on September 30, where he arrived on a private visit.

Sushchenko was accused of “espionage”, allegedly being a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate denied allegations of the Russian Federal Security Service.

The Russian court ruled on October 1 to arrest the journalist for two months.

On October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denied any guilt.

The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow three times extended pre-trial detention term of Sushchenko. The last extension to end on June 30, 2017.
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