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Russian court in Nadiya Savchenko’s case rejected the documents of the defense

Russian court refused to enter to the case documents from Ukraine, which prove Nadiya Savchenko's innocence of murder of two Russian journalists in June 2014
Russian court in Nadiya Savchenko's case rejected the documents of the defense

On January 13, Russian court in Donetsk city of Rostov region, RF, resumed hearings in the case of Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian military pilot, detained in Russian prison, Joinfo.ua reports.

At the court session on Wednesday, Nadiya’ s lawyers requested to enter upon the record the materials, provided by the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine. The defense considered them as a substantial prove of Nadiya’s innocence in the alleged crime. But Russian Collegium of judges, headed by Leonid Stepanenko, refused to attach the documents to the case.

Nadiya Savchenko, 34, is Ukrainian helicopter pilot, the veteran of the war in Iraq and the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. On June 17, 2014, Nadiya Savchenko was captured during the battle in Donbas by pro-Russian mercenaries and illegally transferred across the border to the Russian Federation.

Russian court began hearings on the case in September 2014. On December 17, the court extended Nadiya’s term of the detention in custody until April 16, 2016.

Nadiya is accused of murdering of two Russian journalists Anton Voloshin and Igor Korneliuk. She is accused of acting as an artillery spotter and guiding the strike, which killed the two Russian journalists. Nadiya denies the accusation and sais that she was captured in battle with armed separatists, which conducted artillery shelling at Ukrainian positions.

The materials, sent by Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office provide, inter alia, data on many of the armed separatists, who were also killed and injured as a result of the shelling, of involvement in which Savchenko was accused.

“This confirms not only that Savchenko was not spotting this fire, but that the shelling was carried out not at Kornelyuk and Voloshin, but at the armed group, in which Kornelyuk and Voloshin were,” – Ilya Novikov, the lawyer said.

Savchenko and her lawyers said that she has already been a prisoner of war when Voloshin and Korneliuk were killed, which was confirmed by the testimony of witnesses, the expertise results and billing data of her mobile phone.

On December 17 Nadiya Savchenko announced another dry hunger strike until the end of the trial.

On Wednesday, she told reporters of having lost 15 kg, but she feels fine. Her lawyer Nikolay Polozov visited Nadiya in prison on January 12, after 26 days of hunger strike. The lawyer wrote on Tweeter that he fears for Nadiya’s health, because she is suffering of pain in the pancreas and nausea.