Lawyer: Savchenko’s issue already resolved politically

From a political perspective, the issue of Nadezhda Savchenko release is already resolved, the lawyer Nikolai Polozov believes.

22 April 2016 12:35

According to the defender of Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and political prisoner illegally held in Russia, only the dates of Savchenko’s return to Ukraine are currently under discussion.

“Taking into account the statements by officials, President Putin and Federation Council Speaker Matviyenko, the issue has been resolved politically,” Polozov stated in his televised interview to 5 TV Channel.

The lawyer also noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to get the easing of sanctions against Russia for the liberation of Savchenko.

“I believe that Putin is definitely interested in exchange of Savchenko for ease of sanctions. And the so-called exchange for Russian military Aleksandrov and Erofeyev is only a cover for Vladimir Putin's agreements with the West, not with Ukraine. At the same time, he has already said "A" and to say "B" to the other side will now be much more difficult for him than just keep silent,” said Nikolai Polozov.

On March 22, Russian court sentenced Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years' imprisonment in a strict regime prison for allegedly "murder of Russian journalist" Igor Korneliuk and Anton Voloshin. She was also awarded a penalty in the amount of RUB 30 thousand for "illegal border crossing."

On April 6, Nadezhda Savchenko went on dry hunger strike, demanding her return to Ukraine, but after a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on April 19, she stopped it.

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