A Russian court has convicted Ukrainian Roman Sushtchenko of espionage. Observers hope for a prisoner exchange.
Freedom for Roman Sushtchenko: protest in Kiev, October 2016 Photo: reuters
Ukrainian journalist and foreign correspondent Roman Sushtchenko has been sentenced by a Russian court to 12 years in prison for espionage. The prosecutor had demanded 14 years. The Moscow City Court on Monday afternoon considered it proven that Sushtchenko wanted to learn secret information about the Russian armed forces and the Russian National Guard. Sushtchenko works as a France correspondent for the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform. On September 30, 2016, he had traveled from Paris to Moscow.