The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protests
the arbitrary detention of Ukrainian citizen and correspondent of the national
information agency “Ukrinform” in France Roman Sushchenko in Moscow on 30 September 2016 by the FSB.
We are deeply outraged that the Ukrainian journalist, who
arrived to the Russian Federation to visit relatives, was detained by the
Russian authorities on trumped up charges of “espionage.”
We consider this yet another step in the Russian
Federation’s purposeful policy to use Ukrainians who find themselves in the
hands of the Russian authorities as political hostages in its hybrid aggression
against our country. The fact that in his professional work and everyday values
Roman Sushchenko is a man who defends objectivity and
freedom of speech only proves that Moscow is officially waging war not only
against Ukraine, but against the entire democratic world, where human rights
and freedom are fundamental values.
We demand that the Russian Federation protect the rights of
the Ukrainian, immediately allow consular officials access to the prisoner in
accordance obligations Russia has assumed under international law, as well as
his immediate return, unharmed and unhindered, to his homeland.
The MFA of Ukraine also appeals to the international
community, in particular the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe, and all
reputable human rights organizations not to ignore the blatant arbitrary nature
of the Russian Federation’s actions, and to strengthen joint efforts for an
early end to Moscow’s human rights violations and pressure on independent