International and European Federation of journalists reminded of the requirement to release Sushchenko

International and European Federation of journalists has renewed calls for Russia to immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally detained and arrested on charges of espionage.

The corresponding statement posted on the website EFI the anniversary of the arrest Sushchenko.

“We believe that the accusations of Russia against Sushchenko completely fabricated in order to silence him… the Power (RF) should immediately release him,” said the President Mogens EFI Blazer Barrierd.

It is also noted that the request for release was supported by the national Union of journalists of Ukraine, Independent media trade Union of Ukraine and the Russian Union of journalists.

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Recall, 30 September 2016, Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip. On 7 October he was charged with “espionage”. The FSB believes Ukrainian employee of the Main intelligence Directorate of the defense Ministry of Ukraine. Russian security forces claim that Sushchenko “purposefully collected data of state secret, the activities of the Armed forces and of National guard troops of the Russian Federation”.

The journalist denies all the charges. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands from the Russian side to stop the illegal detention of Ukrainian journalists and to ensure its smooth return to Ukraine.

On September 25 a court in Russia has extended the arrest of the journalist for two months.