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"Its consideration is in the final stage. I think the verdict will be announced by the yearend. I guess it will be tough," Markin told the Vesti. FM radio station.

The case has been heard by the Donetsk court in southern Russia's Rostov region since September 22, TASS reports.

UNIAN's memo. Savchenko was abducted by Russia-backed militants in Donbas last summer, and then taken to Russia, where she was charged with being involved in the death of Russian journalists. However, the defense claims she couldn't have been involved in the death as she had been captured before the journalists were killed.

At the snap parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014 Savchenko was elected as an MP from the list of the Batkivschina party. The Verkhovna Rada has delegated her to the PACE.

Savchenko is being accused of murder and also of attempted murder, according to the PGO statement. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation also accused Savchenko of illegal border crossing.

Savchenko faces up to 25 years in Russian prison, according to her lawyer.