special correspondent for Ukraine’s national news agency Ukrinform to Paris
Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code (espionage)
Sept. 30, 2016
10 to 20-year imprisonment
Sushchenko Roman Vladimirovich (born 1969), Lefortovo remand prison #2, E20, postbox 201, 5 Lefortovskiy Val, Moscow 111020, Russia
днів в ув’язненні
The journalist of Ukrinform News Agency Roman Sushchenko was seized by the Russian security service (FSB) during his private visit to Moscow on 30 September 2016. He is accused of carrying out a task of the Ukrainian military intelligence, which allegedly could damage the defense capacity of Russia. Neither the Ukrainian embassy to Moscow nor his family nor Ukrinform were informed by Russian authorities on his detention. The members of the Moscow Public Supervisory Commission accidentally found him in FSB’s Lefortovo remand jail during the inspection of the facility.
Roman was born in Mykolayiv (South Ukraine) in 1969. He graduated from the Kyiv High School of Tanks and Engeneering and the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University. He worked for Ukrinform since 2002 and was its special correspondent to Paris since 2010. During the Russian-Ukrainian war, Sushchenko covered, i.a., the influence of Russian propaganda on France and Europe and the links of French far right politicians to the Kremlin. The last interview he conducted before his unfortunate visit to Moscow (and which has not been published) dealt with the forthcoming inauguration of the Russian Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris, which some European media regarded as a tool for Kremlin’s covert operations near the Palais de l’Élysée.
The wife and two children are waiting for Roman’s return from captivity. In the spring of 2017, his son Maksym wrote a letter to Putin which read:
It turns out that for my mother and sister, who are with me in Kyiv, I am the head of the family now… I think if you personally looked into this case, I would have a good chance to see my father again…
I am 9 years old and I cannot maintain the family by myself. So help me.