Savchenko ‘tortured’ in psychiatric institute, says her lawyer
The Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, detained by Russia on charges of being involved in the deaths of Russian journalists, is being tortured by sleep deprivation in a Russian psychiatric institution, her lawyer Nikolai Polozov claimed on Friday.
“I met with Nadezhda Savchenko in the Serbskiy Institute, and I must say that the conditions for her meeting her lawyers are horrible and contrary to the European Convention [on Human Rights],” Polozov wrote on Twitter.
He said that Savchenko, who was earlier transferred to the institute to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, was being deprived of sleep, and added that confidential communications with her defense counsel are not being provided.
"I spoke to her through glass in the presence of five Russian Federal Prison Authority staff, including a colonel," Polozov said. "Russian Federal Prison Authority staff sit for the whole night in the doorway watching her: We regard this as torture," he said.