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Russian Charges Ukrainian Journalist With Espionage

Ukrainian journalists hold placards depicting their colleague Roman Sushchenko during a protest to call for his in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on October 6.

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.

Based on reporting by TASS