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Savchenko to make last plea in Russian court on March 3 – lawyer

Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko, who is illegally detained in the Russian Federation, will make her last plea in a Russian-based Donetsk city court in southern Russia's Rostov region on March 3, her lawyer Mark Feygin wrote on Twitter.

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Today, he visited Savchenko in the remand prison. "We have agreed timetable for debate. On March 2, Savchenko's lawyer Ilya Novikov and the prosecution will speak in court, on March 3 – her lawyers Nikolay Polozov and Mark Feygin, and after that Nadia will make her last plea," Feygin said.

"My speech in the debate on March 3 before Savchenko's last plea will be the most significant accusatory speech to the court and the government. I urge the Ukrainian media to come and listen to Savchenko's last plea on March 3, 2016," he said.

He also said that this would be his main lawyer's speech at the trial of Savchenko.

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

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.

On December 17, a Russian-based Donetsk city court in southern Russia's Rostov region extended the arrest of Savchenko until April 16, 2016.

After that, she went on hunger strike – the third one since her arrest.

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