Posted on Dec 25, 2018
Ukrinform's Paris-based correspondent Roman Sushchenko has a second string to his bow in that he is an accomplished artist. His work has recently been on display at the Press Club, Brussels.
Sadly, the artist could not be present himself, as he is currently imprisoned in Russia on trumped up charges.
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. He has strongly 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, it was reported that Sushchenko had been moved 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).
His colleagues and fellow journalists remember him, especially at this time of the year, and vow to continue to call for his release.
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