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Journalist, correspondent of the national state agency “Ukrinform”, and political activist was born on February 8, 1969, in Cherkasy, Ukraine.

He graduated from Kyiv Higher Tank Engineering School (1986-1991). He began his office service at the 150th training centre (Mykolaiv). He participated in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1997-1998 as part of the NATO forces – SFOR, where, among other things, he was responsible for relations with the public.

Since 2002, he has worked in journalistic and managerial positions at the Ukrainian National Information Agency – Ukrinform. From 2010 to 2016, he was Ukrinform’s correspondent in France.

Prisoner in Lefortivska prison. He was detained and arrested on September 30, 2016, in Moscow. Under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of Russia, he was accused of espionage in favour of Ukraine. On June 4, 2018, the Moscow City Court sentenced Roman Sushchenko to 12 years in a high-security prison.

After the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia to leave the sentence unchanged in October 2018, he was transferred to the strict regime correctional colony No. 11 in the Kirov region, where he stayed until August 2019. On September 7, 2019, Sushchenko was released from captivity in Russia during the exchange of Ukrainian prisoners. After his release, he underwent psychological and physical rehabilitation and worked as a special correspondent of Ukrinform in Kyiv. Took part in the 2020 local elections and was elected a deputy of the Cherkasy Regional Council from December 2020 – the first deputy chairman of the Cherkasy Regional Council.

Awarded the Order “For Courage” of the III century. (November 19, 2018), as well as the distinction “Simon Petliura. Journalism and Statehood” (2021).