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Ukrainian consul finally allowed to see journalist arrested in Russia

Ruslan Sushchenko denies any wrongdoing.

Ukrainian consul finally allowed to see journalist arrested in Russia
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The Ukrainian consul in Russia has finally been allowed to visit journalist Roman Sushchenko arrested in Moscow on charges of espionage on 30 September, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson, Maryana Betsa has told LB.ua.

"Our consul has finally managed to check on Roman Sushchenko. He says he is not guilty. He said he was subjected to psychological pressure. The conditions of his detention are more or less acceptable," Betsa said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry continues taking steps to ensure consular protection for Sushchenko.

On 1 October, a court in Moscow remanded the journalist in custody for two months in the "espionage case". Official charges were pressed against him on 7 October.

Ukraine described his detention as an act of provocation and dismissed the allegations of espionage as trumped up.