Unexpected maneuver: why aviatrix Savchenko returned to Russia

The Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Hope Savchenko, in the past the military pilot, which a Russian court has sentenced to 22 years in prison in the case of deaths of employees VGTRK, and then pardoned Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday, October 26, unexpectedly arrived in Moscow. Her former counsel explained that she decided to participate in the meeting of the Supreme court of Russia in the case of Ukrainians Stanislaus Cliche and Nicholas Karpuk.

The court is considering the legality of the sentence to two members of the banned in Russia right-wing extremist Ukrainian organization “Ukrainian national Assembly — Ukrainian national self defense” (UNA-UNSO) Karpyuk and Klychu that in may this year was sentenced by the Supreme court of Chechnya, receiving 22.5 and 20 years in a strict regime colony, respectively.

The presence of Nadiya Savchenko at the meeting of the Supreme court in the case of Cliche and Karpyuk any effect could have. Legal obstacles to a visit to Russia Savchenko, said her lawyer Nikolai Polozov. According to him, “it is absolutely a free man” and there is no ban on entry Savchenko in Russia.

Aunt Stanislaus Cliche, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Nadezhda Savchenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov (left to right) at the meeting of the Supreme court of Russia

Photo: Olga Severina/TASS

Itself Savchenko explained his stated desire to support the defendants, “at least presence.”

Press Secretary of President Putin Dmitry Peskov said that Savchenko not denied entry to the territory of Russia, “so there’s nothing to react.”

Citizens of Ukraine Karpuk and Klyh, consisting of UNA-UNSO, was sentenced by the Supreme court of Chechnya on the next day after the release of Savchenko who was pardoned by Putin. According to investigators, Klyh and Karpyuk came in the early 1990-ies in the newly created on the territory of Ukraine UNA-UNSO and from December 1994 to January 1995 has taken active part in clashes with Russian soldiers in Grozny. In the course of these clashes were killed at least 30 Russian military.

Karpyuk and Cliche found guilty under several articles of the criminal code, including “Murder of two and more persons in connection with the exercise of his duty”, “Attempt at murder of two and more persons in connection with the exercise of his duty”. The Ukrainians insisted on his innocence, refused made during the preliminary investigation, claimed that they were tortured.

Defendants Karpyuk and Klyh uchastvovali in the process through video conferencing, while in the detention center

Photo: Mikhail Voskresensky/RIA Novosti

Returning to Ukraine, Savchenko began to work in Parliament and speak out in the media, regular allowing yourself to harsh statements as to the authorities of Russia and Ukraine. In particular, it advocated the gradual lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but supported the personal sanctions against individuals, “that [it] deserved”.

Ahead of the visit Savchenko in Moscow, the SBU interrogated her as a witness “in criminal proceedings about infringement of the territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

At the beginning of June in the program “Morning with Matthew Ganapolsky” on “Radio Era” Savchenko said that she is ready to meet personally with the heads of DND and LNR. She is motivated by the fact that the output “direct link to the DNI and the LC without the third and the fourth side” will be one of the steps to resolve the situation in the Donbass.

At the end of September Savchenko was called upon to make a constitutional change that gives “the people” more self-government. According to her, the country is long overdue the time of decentralization, which “was the Maidan”. “Special status, it can be no for Donetsk, Donbas and Lugansk. It needs to be spelled out correctly for all Ukraine”, — said Savchenko the Ukrainian TV channel “112 Ukraine”.

Savchenko more than two years spent in a Russian prison on charges of murder of journalists VGTRK in the Donbass in the summer of 2014. In March 2016, she was sentenced to 22 years in prison. However, on 25 may the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed the decree about pardon of the Ukrainian pilot, after which she returned to Ukraine and became a member of Parliament from the party “Batkivshchyna”.

At the same time the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pardoned convicts in Ukraine Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov, which in Kiev is considered the “GRU soldiers.”