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Ukrainian journalist escorted to Russian colony

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Ukrainian journalist escorted to Russian colony
Roman Sushchenko
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Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally convicted in Russia, has been escorted to a colony, his lawyer Mark Feygin has said on Facebook.

"According to preliminary reports, Roman Sushchenko has escorted to his correctional facility," he said.

Feygin revealed no other details. Earlier, he suggested Sushchenko could be sent to Yakutsk.

As reported, a correspondent of the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform in France, Roman Sushchenko, was detained in violation of international rules on 30 September 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private trip.

On 7 October, he was charged with "espionage." Russia's FSB claimed that Sushchenko is a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry. The latter denied this allegation.

On 4 June 2018, the Moscow city court convicted him to 12 years in a tight-security colony. On 12 September, the Russian Supreme Court upheld the verdict. Sushchenko has been held in the Lefortovo remand centre. His family was allowed to visit him on 4 October.

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