British MEP Demands Sushchenko, Others Release
She released a statement calling for Russia to release all political prisoners
Photo from Ukrinform – UATV
British MEP Julie Ward released a statement saying that she, and other MEPs, had received a letter from imprisoned Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko.
“Today, fellow MEPs and myself received a reply from Roman Sushchenko, who is illegally imprisoned in Russia for politically motivated reasons. Roman is a Ukrainian journalist, detained in Moscow having been accused of spying. He was sentenced in 2018 to 12 years in a Maximum-Security prison,” the statement reads.
She goes on to call out other Ukrainian prisoners held by name, specially Oleh Sentsov, and demands their release.
“Numerous journalists and activists, such as Oleg Senstov [sic – Oleh Sentsov], have been detained by Russian authorities for their work. Russia appears to be attacking free speech and their acts against journalists have been heavily criticised. A representative of OSCE stated that ‘journalism is not a crime,’ when speaking out on the Sushchenko case.”
She went on to decry the lack of press freedom in Russia and its poor treatment of journalist.
Roman Sushchenko is a Paris, France based journalist for Ukrinform.
He was illegally detained on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On October 7, 2016, he was charged with “espionage.” Russia’s FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.
On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security penal colony. The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the verdict on September 12.
On October 8, 2018, it was reported that Sushchenko had been transferred to a penal colony. On November 7, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) informed Ukraine’s Embassy in Moscow that Sushchenko had been transferred to Penal Colony No. 11 of the FSIN directorate for the Kirov region (the town of Kirovo-Chepetsk, the village of Utrobino).
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