Such opinion was expressed by Business FM his lawyer Mark Feygin. The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has refused to cancel a sentence to the reporter sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment for espionage Roman Sushchenko today. Photo: Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS the Supreme Court of Russia has rejected the appeal of protection of own correspondent of Ukrinform news agency in France Roman Sushchenko sentenced to 12 years for espionage. His defender Mark Feygin asked to cancel a sentence or at least to reduce term to ten years of imprisonment, but the court hasn't granted a request. Now the sentence has come into force. According to protection, the convict can be exchanged for the personal translator of the prime minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groysman Stanislav Ezhov detained for espionage in favor of Russia. At the same time if the political will is reached, the parties will be able to make through institute of pardon. Consideration of the appeal on a sentence to Roman Sushchenko took place on minus the fourth floor where cases with a signature stamp "confidentially" are usually heard. As trial was conducted behind closed doors, journalists were invited to shoot before the meeting, and have called already on announcement of a resolutory part of the decision. The convict brought from Lefortovo was full of optimism. "At least I hope for decrease in term or for his cancellation. In the future, if result I don't change, hope for exchange" — I have frankly said to Sushchenko. Also in Ukrainian he has communicated to journalists compatriots, having told that he in the pre-trial detention center plays sports. Hearing has occupied about half an hour, as much again time was required to judges to pass the decision. The public defender of the defendant Mark Feygin disbarred for statements to the colleague has told Business FM that insisted on innocence of the defendant, claiming that concerning him provocation has been made. "Roman has once again said that he doesn't admit the guilt and considers that he has to be acquitted. The party of protection gave arguments that the Moscow City Court hasn't considered some data: concerning the characteristic of the identity of the defendant, rather objective party of crime. Also we spoke about abnormality of conclusions of court" — Feygin has told. According to the lawyer, arguments of protection have to be adduced, at least, to decrease in term up to ten years of imprisonment — the lower bound of article 276 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation which provides up to 20 years of imprisonment. "However judges have considered that the court verdict of the first instance and so rather soft" — Feygin noted. The defender has also reminded that communication with his acquaintance — the Russian serviceman whom he knew for 25 years became a reason for Roman Sushchenko's detention. "From the point of view of protection there was a provocation of FSB concerning Roman Sushchenko to use of this person" — the lawyer has reminded the position. Under the law the sentence of the convict has taken legal effect. Earlier, on June 4, the vice speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashenko has said that Ukraine is ready to carry out exchange of 23 condemned Russians for the Ukrainian citizens arrested in the territory
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