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Ukraine: Savchenko's lawyers bet on 'politicisation' of her case02:48

Ukraine: Savchenko's lawyers bet on 'politicisation' of her case

Ukraine, Kiev
May 26, 2016 at 06:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lawyers of the released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov, spoke to the press in Kiev, Thursday.

"It is obvious that this story is about a crime conducted by the Russian state against Savchenko rather than a crime conducted by Savchenko," Feygin claimed. "This case has proved that there is no court in Russia, court cases are being fabricated ... All this is associated with the regime of Vladimir Putin," he added.

Polozov said that both lawyers "bet on the politicisation of the whole process," adding that "what was important for us was to put the Kremlin in such conditions under which Nadezhda Savchenko would not have stayed in Russia even in the case of a guilty verdict."

Moreover, Polozov stressed that Savchenko "was released on her own terms" and "she returned home as a free person."

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.

Ukraine: Savchenko's lawyers bet on 'politicisation' of her case02:48
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Lawyers of the released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov, spoke to the press in Kiev, Thursday.

"It is obvious that this story is about a crime conducted by the Russian state against Savchenko rather than a crime conducted by Savchenko," Feygin claimed. "This case has proved that there is no court in Russia, court cases are being fabricated ... All this is associated with the regime of Vladimir Putin," he added.

Polozov said that both lawyers "bet on the politicisation of the whole process," adding that "what was important for us was to put the Kremlin in such conditions under which Nadezhda Savchenko would not have stayed in Russia even in the case of a guilty verdict."

Moreover, Polozov stressed that Savchenko "was released on her own terms" and "she returned home as a free person."

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.

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