"[We're] returning to Ukraine. At the Chortkovo-Milovoye check point on the border with Russia, a border guard told me, Vira Savchenko, that a ban on travels to Russia has been introduced until September 1, 2020… This is an initiative by the [Russian Federal Security Service] FSB. This is what a Russian border guard told us," Vira Savchenko wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
"What about a court hearing? I'm a witness in court in my sister's case. Perhaps the FSB will also impose a travel ban on [Igor] Plotnitsky [a leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, who is said to have been among those who captured Nadia Savchenko in mid-June 2014 and transferred her to the FSB]," she wrote.
Mark Feygin, one of Nadia Savchenko's lawyers, in turn tweeted that Part 1 of Article 27 of the Russian Law "On Exit and Entry..." regarding a threat to national security may have been a probable reason for the travel ban. He also assured that he was going to appeal against that decision.
Я предполагаю, что основанием для запрета на въезд явилась ч.1 ст.27 закона РФ "О выезде и въезде...", по угрозе национальной безопасности— Mark Feygin (@mark_feygin) October 13, 2015
"The only thing they could do more is to bar Savchenko's mother from entering [Russia], deprive Polozov and Novikov of lawyers' status, imprison Feygin, and trumpet the triumph of justice," the lawyer said.
In his words, Savchenko's defense will make a special statement at court hearings on Thursday, October 15, regarding the ban imposed by the FSB on Vira Savchenko's entry into Russia.