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Russia: Two Russian citizens arrive in Moscow after Savchenko prisoner swap 01:26

Russia: Two Russian citizens arrive in Moscow after Savchenko prisoner swap

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 25, 2016 at 14:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Alexandrov touched down at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, after being released by Ukrainian authorities as part of a prisoner swap, Wednesday.

Yerofeyev and Alexandrov, who were detained in Ukraine last year and sentenced to 14 years in prison on terrorism charges, were swapped for Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree pardoning Savchenko earlier in the day.

Savchenko had been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in Ukraine's Lugansk Region, and of illegally crossing the Russian border. She is accused of relaying the coordinates of a checkpoint where the two Russian journalists were subsequently killed by Ukrainian artillery in June 2014. She denies all charges.

Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Alexandrov had been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of terrorism charges by a Kiev court. They were detained by pro-Kiev fighters in the Lugansk region, where they were allegedly fighting for the militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR/LNR and DPR/DNR). Yerofeyev and Alexandrov deny the charges against them.

Russia: Two Russian citizens arrive in Moscow after Savchenko prisoner swap 01:26
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Two Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Alexandrov touched down at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, after being released by Ukrainian authorities as part of a prisoner swap, Wednesday.

Yerofeyev and Alexandrov, who were detained in Ukraine last year and sentenced to 14 years in prison on terrorism charges, were swapped for Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree pardoning Savchenko earlier in the day.

Savchenko had been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in Ukraine's Lugansk Region, and of illegally crossing the Russian border. She is accused of relaying the coordinates of a checkpoint where the two Russian journalists were subsequently killed by Ukrainian artillery in June 2014. She denies all charges.

Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Alexandrov had been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of terrorism charges by a Kiev court. They were detained by pro-Kiev fighters in the Lugansk region, where they were allegedly fighting for the militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR/LNR and DPR/DNR). Yerofeyev and Alexandrov deny the charges against them.

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