Ukrainian doctors can’t visit Savchenko, despite agreements
Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko is not allowed to be visited by Ukrainian doctors despite agreements with Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service having been reach on this, the press service of the State Affairs Department told an UNIAN correspondent on Friday.
According to Andriy Strokan, the deputy chief physician on medical issues of the Feofania hospital, the delegation of physicians that arrived in Moscow on Friday morning is still standing outside the jail.
"Nobody came out to us, and it is unknown whether we can visit Nadia Savchenko," he said.
The delegation of Ukrainian doctors who were to conduct a medical examination of Savchenko consists of Head Specialist in gastroenterology of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Professor Natalia Kharchenko, deputy chief physician on medical issues of the Feofania hospital and physician anesthesiologist Andriy Strokan, and Head of the Department of Neurology of the National Medical University of Bohomolets Professor Larysa Sokolova.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Savchenko was abducted by Russian-backed militants in the Donbas in the summer of 2014, and then taken to Russia, where she was charged with being involved in the death of Russian journalists. She was also charged with illegally crossing into Russia.
On October 26, during the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Savchenko was elected as an MP from the Batkivshyna Party. The Verkhovna Rada made Savchenko a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Rada has called on international organizations and inter-parliamentary assemblies to make efforts to free Savchenko.
Savchenko went on hunger strike on December 15 in protest at being denied medicines she required. She is now demanding that she be released from jail and placed in another form of detention pending her trial. In early March, her state of health deteriorated.
On March 5, Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service reported that Savchenko didn’t abandon her hunger strike, but agreed to drink chicken broth to maintain her state of health.
Mark Feygin, her lawyer, said that she left her hunger strike on the recommendations of Ukrainian doctors and refused to drink a chicken broth. He said that the lawyers had brought her a special meal.
On March 11, Savchenko’s lawyer said that her state of health didn’t improve after she partially gave up her hunger strike.
On March 12, Ilya Novikov, another lawyer of Savchenko, said that Ukrainian doctors would be allowed to visit her in jail.