Lawyer of detained Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko says he will be sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison

Russian courts will sentence Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko to 20 years of imprisonment, stated his lawyer Mark Feygin.

"Tomorrow, the wife and daughter of my client, Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko will arrive to visit him. This will happen on the eve of the ‘court hearings’ where he is going to be sentenced to 20 years for ‘collecting information about the alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine’ [according to investigators] in the summer and fall of 2016," Feygin wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the Moscow City Court found lawful the extension of Sushchenko's arrest until November 30.

On September 30, 2016, Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency in France, was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service or FSB in Moscow, where he had gone to visit his cousin.

FSB employees stated that Sushchenko is allegedly an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

  Roman Sushchenko, political prisoners, Russia, Ukraine, espionage