Illegally imprisoned Ukrainian journalist sends sketches to family


International, More, Political prisoners, Ukraine

Yulia Sushchenko, the daughter of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, recently received two new drawings depicting the Italian city of Parma and the lighthouse of Ar Men in Brittany, France. Both images were sketched by Roman Sushchenko on A4 paper with ballpoint pens, pencils, tea and onion skins.


Ukrinform correspondent in France, Roman Sushchenko, was detained in violation of international legislation on September 30, 2016 in Moscow, where he arrived on a private visit.

On October 7, 2016, Sushchenko was charged with “espionage”.” Russia’s FSB claimed that Sushchenko was a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which in turn denied this allegation.

The Moscow City Court recently extended Sushchenko’s arrest until September 16. His lawyer, Mark Feygin, says that he himself is under extreme pressure for defending Sushchenko:

“…We are now talking why the Sushchenko case is so special. It is special because, along with [Ukrainian film director Oleh] Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner [Sushchenko] did not acknowledge his guilt, despite charges of “espionage”. That is why very serious pressure has been exerted on me, as a lawyer who supports the position of his client, for over one-and-a-half years.”

Sushchenko continues to draw in his prison cell. To date, he has made eight sketches and sent them to his family: a spring landscape, views of Paris and Saint-Malo, the Swiss city of Geneva and the Italian city of Perugia, as well as a view of Ukrainian Ros River.


President Petro Poroshenko posted Sushchenko’s drawings on Twitter and thanked him for his strength and resilience:

“These are drawings by Roman Sushchenko, which he created in the Moscow cell and sent in letters to his daughter Yulia. Thank you, Roman, for not losing heart despite the desire of the Kremlin regime to break your will.”

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  1. Avatar Buddy Rugger says:

    Another case of a journalist, and Ukrainian, being held captive by a criminal organization.
    If anyone here has the means of contacting Amal Clooney, I would suggest that. She has quite a reputation, though I wouldn’t be surprised if she were already pre-emptively banned from russia because of it.

  2. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

    Roman Sushchenko as a citizen Of Ukraine has just become the latest victim of a sordid regime run by Pompous Putin the Pederast where basic human rights are treated in the same way as a discarded banana peel.

  3. Avatar MichaelA says:

    his paintings are beautiful
    we need a new campaign for release of a prisoner
    like for savchenko but perhaps this is a more worthy subject