18:10 13.11.2017

Suschenko granted meeting with his wife, daughter on Nov 20

Suschenko granted meeting with his wife, daughter on Nov 20

Ukrainian journalist Roman Suschenko accused of espionage in Russia has received permission to meet with his wife and daughter the following Monday, November 20, his lawyer Mark Feygin has said.

"Ukrainian journalist Roman Suschenko has been permitted another meeting with his wife and daughter in Lefortovo prison on November 20, which will possibly be the last before the trial on the merits of his case," Feygin wrote on Twitter on Monday.

It was reported on October 3 that Suschenko had been detained "while committing an act of espionage" in Moscow. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claims journalist Roman Suschenko is a career officer of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence.

Espionage charges were brought against Suschenko, he pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer Mark Feygin said that Suschenko, who had lived in France for six years as a correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency in Paris, repeatedly visited Russia and stayed there for personal reasons at the time he was detained. His relatives live in Russia.

Kyiv says Suschenko's detention in Russia is an act of provocation and the spying charges brought against him are far-fetched.

Moscow court extended the arrest of Suschenko until November 30.

At present, the FSB has finalized the inquiry into the espionage case against Suschenko, and the defense team is studying the case file.

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