Hard to call terms of Savchenko's return to Ukraine – lawyer

14:15, 16 March 2016
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Mark Feygin, one of the lawyers of Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko, who has been illegally detained in Russia, has said that the terms of her return to Ukraine are uncertain.


"I am in Kyiv and I would like to take the opportunity to voice a couple of my thoughts to the Ukrainians regarding the case of Nadia Savchenko. The issue of Savchenko's release is clear enough for me, however, its terms are critically important! After the verdict (there is no doubt that it will be a "guilty" verdict with severe punishment), Nadia is going to return to hunger strike. The actual situation with the release of Savchenko from captivity regarding its terms is uncertain," Feygin wrote on Twitter.

UNIAN memo. Russia accuses Savchenko of the murder of two Russian journalists, as well as the illegal crossing of the Russian border. Savchenko and her defense have denied accusations claiming that at the time of the death of the Russian journalists, she has already been captured by the militants, who then forcibly moved her to Russia.

Read alsoMogherini urges Russia to immediately and unconditionally release SavchenkoIn mid-December of last year, the Russian court extended Savchenko's arrest until April 16. After that, she held a hunger strike in protest, the third one since her arrest in the summer of 2014.

On March 2, the Russian state prosecution demanded the court to sentence Savchenko to 23 years in a penal colony.

Read alsoPoroshenko says ready to "use constitutional right" to exchange SavchenkoOn March 3, the Russian-based Donetsk city court in Rostov region suddenly announced it would postpone the hearing until March 9 without letting Savchenko deliver her final word. In response, Savchenko said that being denied of last plea was perceived as violation of her rights, therefore she declared hunger strike from March 4.

On March 10, Savchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin announced that she had stopped her 'dry' hunger strike, but her health was in a critical state.

A group of Ukrainian medics during the week were waiting for a permission from Russian authorities to visit Savchenko, but were not allowed a meeting. On March 13,they left Russia after the Russian authorities had refused to issue a permit for meeting Savchenko for medical examination.

As of today, Savchenko's health status has been improved.

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