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Russia: Pro-Savchenko protesters detained at unauthorised demonstration02:02

Russia: Pro-Savchenko protesters detained at unauthorised demonstration

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
March 21, 2016 at 20:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least four people were detained by police in St. Petersburg on Monday, after they held an unauthorised protest in support of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko.

Around 30 people gathered with banners, pictures of Savchenko and Ukrainian flags, demanding the release of the Ukrainian first lieutenant. They were confronted by local residents who support her detention.

Earlier in the day, Savchenko was found guilty of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Savchenko, who is also an MP in the Ukrainian parliament, was also found guilty of the attempted murder of civilians and illegally crossing the Russian border.

The prosecution in Russia's Donetsk demanded a 23-year sentence saying that she deliberately targeted civilians when relaying the coordinates of a checkpoint to artillery units.

Kornelyuk and Voloshin were killed in June 2014 after being hit by shell-fire at a checkpoint outside Lugansk in east Ukraine. Savchenko was detained in July 2014 after being captured by militants in east Ukraine and handed over to Russian authorities.

Savchenko will not appeal the court’s verdict, confirmed Nikolai Polozov, one of her lawyers in Donetsk, Russia, on Monday. Speaking to reporters during a break in the reading of the verdict, Polozov said Savchenko rejects the outcome of the trial by what Savchenko described as “an absolute puppet court,” however she is not planning to appeal the decision.

Russia: Pro-Savchenko protesters detained at unauthorised demonstration02:02
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At least four people were detained by police in St. Petersburg on Monday, after they held an unauthorised protest in support of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko.

Around 30 people gathered with banners, pictures of Savchenko and Ukrainian flags, demanding the release of the Ukrainian first lieutenant. They were confronted by local residents who support her detention.

Earlier in the day, Savchenko was found guilty of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Savchenko, who is also an MP in the Ukrainian parliament, was also found guilty of the attempted murder of civilians and illegally crossing the Russian border.

The prosecution in Russia's Donetsk demanded a 23-year sentence saying that she deliberately targeted civilians when relaying the coordinates of a checkpoint to artillery units.

Kornelyuk and Voloshin were killed in June 2014 after being hit by shell-fire at a checkpoint outside Lugansk in east Ukraine. Savchenko was detained in July 2014 after being captured by militants in east Ukraine and handed over to Russian authorities.

Savchenko will not appeal the court’s verdict, confirmed Nikolai Polozov, one of her lawyers in Donetsk, Russia, on Monday. Speaking to reporters during a break in the reading of the verdict, Polozov said Savchenko rejects the outcome of the trial by what Savchenko described as “an absolute puppet court,” however she is not planning to appeal the decision.