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Nadiya Savchenko’s defence hopes for a swap of prisoners

20 Aug 2014 12:02 PM | Anonymous

 Vera Savchenko, sister of the Ukrainian officers who is now in detention in Russia after being captured in Ukraine by Kremlin-backed militants says that Nadiya may be released through an exchange of prisoners. At a press briefing she explained that her sister’s lawyers are hoping that Nadiya can be brought back to Ukraine in exchange for the release of Russian security service officers.   This would enable Russia to save face over the issue.  Vera Savchenko says that there can be no illusions about her sister getting a fair trial and proving her innocence in Russia. Savchenko was taken prisoner in the Luhansk oblast by militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on June 17 or 18.  Two days later a video appeared of her being interrogated by the militants. She demonstrated courage during the interrogation and refused to provide the information the militants demanded.   Human Rights in Ukraine.   Read More


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