Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was detained in Russia on September 30, has been charged with espionage.
Sushchenko's lawyer, Mark Feigin, told TASS on October 7 that his client was officially charged with espionage, adding that Sushchenko pleaded not guilty.
Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency, was detained in Moscow on suspicion of collecting classified information.
On October 1, a court in Moscow sent him to pretrial detention for two months.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa said on October 7 that the ministry handed a protest note to the Russian consul in Kyiv demanding explanations as to why Kyiv officials had been denied access to Sushchenko.