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Russia: Wives of Russians released in Savchenko prisoner swap speak out01:04

Russia: Wives of Russians released in Savchenko prisoner swap speak out

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 25, 2016 at 22:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

The wives of Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, the two Russian citizens who returned to Moscow on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap with Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, spoke out about their experiences over the past two years since their husbands were captured and detained.

Waiting at Vnukovo airport for the plane from Kiev carrying her husband, Yulia Yerofeyeva said that finding out that he had been captured back in April 2014, "was simply a shock". She said that after he left the army and "went to Donbass, I was very worried about him, it was frightening".

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: Wives of Russians released in Savchenko prisoner swap speak out01:04
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The wives of Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, the two Russian citizens who returned to Moscow on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap with Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, spoke out about their experiences over the past two years since their husbands were captured and detained.

Waiting at Vnukovo airport for the plane from Kiev carrying her husband, Yulia Yerofeyeva said that finding out that he had been captured back in April 2014, "was simply a shock". She said that after he left the army and "went to Donbass, I was very worried about him, it was frightening".

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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