The arrest in Moscow of the journalist “UKRINFORM” Yuri Sushchenko on charges of spying provoked a strong negative reaction in Kiev. Ukrainian intelligence did not recognize the journalist by the employee. To protect Sushchenko took a lawyer previously involved in high-profile cases of Pussy Riot and Nadezhda Savchenko.
The correspondent of the Agency “UKRINFORM” Sushchenko on Monday was arrested Lefortovo court of Moscow for two months, until 30 November, the FSB concerning it criminal case under article 276 of the criminal code of Russian Federation (“Espionage”).
“The arrest of a journalist is always resonant event, giving rise to informational pressure on the country”
“In Moscow, while conducting espionage action detained a career officer of the main intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine Colonel Sushchenko Roman Vladimirovich, – stated in the official release of a law enforcement Agency. – A citizen of Ukraine purposefully collected state secret information on the activities of the Armed forces and of National guard troops of the Russian Federation, the leakage abroad could harm the defense of the state”.
The Agency gave the media footage of the arrest Sushchenko by the FSB of Russia.
This news caused the expected negative reaction from various Ukrainian agencies. So, in the Directorate of intelligence (Gur) of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine hastened to declare that the detainee is not their full-time employee, calling the message about his involvement in the secret service “another fake”.
“We are deeply revolted that the Ukrainian journalist, who arrived to the territory of the Russian Federation with the aim to visit relatives, Russian authorities detained on trumped-up charges of “espionage, – so reacted to the detention Sushchenko the Ukrainian foreign Ministry. – See this as another step in a deliberate policy of the Russian Federation on the use of the Ukrainians, who find themselves in the hands of its authorities, as political hostages in their hybrid aggression against our country…
MFA of Ukraine appealed to the international community, in particular UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, and all reputable human rights organizations, not to stay away from blatant tyranny on the part of the Russian Federation and to strengthen joint efforts to accelerate the termination by Moscow of human rights violations and pressure on independent journalists.”
To put pressure on Russia through the involvement of the OSCE representative in charge of the direction of the media, Dunja Mijatovic, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland intends to first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Irina Gerashchenko. According to a statement on its page in Facebook, “the Ukrainian government demands the immediate release of the journalist”.
The chief Gerashchenko – the speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Andrei Parubiy in the light of events even proposed to return to consideration of issue on introduction of a visa regime with Russia and expand sanctions against Moscow.
The international community appeals and “UKRINFORM”, the employee is nominally Roman Sushchenko:
“UKRINFORM” considers the detention Sushchenko, who worked at our Agency since 2002, as a correspondent in France since 2010, a planned provocation. We emphasize that the novel, at the time of arrest was on vacation and arrived in Moscow in the private sector. He was detained in Moscow on the day of arrival, and in violation of all international rules of his detention, the Russian side has not informed neither his wife nor diplomatic establishments or at the place of work.
“UKRINFORM” appeals to the journalistic community to stand up for our colleagues and for help to international human rights organisations, diplomatic institutions of Ukraine and foreign States to promote the release of the Novel”.
Did not perform journalistic functions
The Russian foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said that the detained Ukrainian journalist was in Moscow not on duty: “Sushchenko not performed on the territory of Russia for journalistic functions. For accreditation it is not addressed, although if you were to work as a journalist, had to do it”, – reports the press service of the Ministry reported.
“There are no campaigns in relation to Ukrainian or foreign mass media operating in Russia, there can not be, – explained the official position of Russia in relation to the incident the incident the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. – The activities of all representatives of foreign mass media are regulated through legislation.
You know that the foreign media are absolutely equal, as our media rights. However, there are certain procedures. This refers to the accreditation procedure and so on – at the Ministry of foreign Affairs. Of course, these procedures must be performed”.
Characteristically, represent the interests Sushchenko took the lawyer mark Feigin, formerly known involvement in a scandalous political processes, is also designed to cause the international resonance – the activists of the punk group Pussy Riot convicted of holding a blasphemous action at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, and a pointer of the nationalist Ukrainian battalion “Aidar” Hope Savchenko, convicted of the murder of Russian journalists in the Donbass.
The defense of the arrested also insists on the version that Sushchenko was in Moscow for personal reasons, in particular, to visit relatives.
The continuation of the strategy of pressure
“The arrest of a journalist is always resonant event giving rise to the information pressure on the country – told the VIEW about his attitude to the incident the Russian writer and Chairman of the public movement “Russian civil society” Aleksey Zhivov. – Moreover, the journalist presented a very serious allegation of espionage.
In principle, Russia is home to a huge number of people, “sympathizing” to Ukraine or has Ukrainian roots. There are many, for example, in the government of Moscow and in many other departments and agencies. One of them supports the “war with Russia” is not known for certain”.
“It is too early to say anything about the real reasons for the detention, – the expert considers, – but it’s safe to say that in Ukraine, with Russian or Pro-Russian journalists happen and much worse things. So the outrage of the Ukrainian political elite I’m surprised. Don’t they have unleashed two years ago this mutual schizophrenia and the destruction of their arrest and our citizens? As to the reaction of the opposition press, it is quite predictable. It is obvious that the arrest of a man with the mandate of the journalist will cause a reaction among colleagues. And judging by the fact that the defense of the arrested faced the mark Feigin, the matter will again receive great international attention and become a cause for new international scandal”.
Writer, publicist and leader of the Other Russia Eduard Limonov also thinks that the establishment of the international hype around the Roman Sushchenko is a continuation of the strategy of pressure on Russia:
“The situation is now the same as in the legendary song: “there Is a national war”. The result of the policy of its elite, Ukraine has lost Crimea and parts of Donbass, and forever. Now it only remains that to organize provocations, such as in the case of Sushchenko. There is an exchange, blow for blow, and this is not surprising”, he concluded.