Lawyer Ilya Novikov reported on his Twitter on Wednesday morning that Ukrainian MP from the faction “Batkivshchyna” Hope Savchenko, convicted in Russia for the murder of Russian journalists in the Donbass, and pardoned by President Vladimir Putin, arrived in Moscow on the meeting of the Supreme court in the case of Ukrainians Stanislaus Cliche and Nicholas Karpuk.
Legal obstacles to a visit to Russia Savchenko no, said “RIA Novosti” her lawyer Nikolai Polozov. “From a formal point of view, it is absolutely a free man,” — said Polozov. According to him, Savchenko a ban on entry to Russia will not be imposed.
Itself Savchenko, in turn, noted the importance of her presence at the hearing. “For myself I know how important it is, when in the hall, “court”, where you sit in a cage, there are Ukrainians <…> it is important For me to be there. To maintain at least a presence,” she wrote in her Facebook.
Lawyer Ilya Novikov, also in your Facebook published pictures of Savchenko in front of the Supreme court of Russia.
On 26 October the Supreme court will test the legality of a sentence to two members of the banned in Russia right-wing extremist Ukrainian organization “Ukrainian national Assembly — Ukrainian national self defense” (UNA-UNSO) Nikolay Karpyuk and Stanislav Klychu that in may this year was sentenced by the Supreme court of Chechnya to 22.5 and 20 years in a strict regime colony, respectively.
The investigation alleges that in late 1994 and early 1995 Karpyuk and Klyh fought in Chechnya against Russian Federal forces. At trial, the lawyers insisted on the innocence of their clients and said that they were not in Chechnya in 1994-1995. Themselves Karpyuk and Klyh the court refused the testimony taken during the preliminary investigation, stating that in respect of them was tortured.
In March 2016 Savchenko was convicted in Russia for 22 years for his involvement in the murder of Russian journalists in the Donbass in the summer of 2014. In late may, Vladimir Putin pardoned Savchenko, and she returned to the Ukraine. There she became a member of Parliament and in addition part of the Ukrainian delegation to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).