Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform's correspondent in Paris Roman Sushchenko, who was illegally detained in Moscow, may be held in remand prison for up to two years, his lawyer, Mark Feygin, reported this at a press conference at Ukrinform news agency.
"The process may be delayed pursuant to the new code of procedure. The term of preliminary investigation may be up to two years," Feygin said.
According to him, prolongation of the custodial term of the Ukrinform correspondent may be considered at the next court hearing.
As reported, Ukrinform correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow on September 30, where he arrived on a private visit. He was accused of “espionage”, allegedly being a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate denied allegations of the Russian Federal Security Service.
The Russian court ruled at its closed hearing on October 1 to arrest the journalist for two months - until November 30.
On October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denies any guilt.