Savchenko declared political prisoner

13:22, 10 October 2014
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Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and volunteer fighter suspected of being abducted from Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists and who is now imprisoned in Russia, has been declared a political prisoner, her lawyer has said.

Mark Feigin, who has been defending Savchenko in court, said on Twitter that the Russian Memorial Human Rights Center had recognized that Savchenko was indeed a political prisoner.

“Memorial, with its decision, has officially declared that Nadezhda Savchenko is a political prisoner,” Feigin said.

“The next step is for her to gain the status of an international [political prisoner.]”

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