October 26, 2016 - Fort Russ News -
RIA Novosti - translated by J. Arnoldski -
The former lawyer of Nadezhda Savchenko, Ilya Novikov, has announced that Savchenko has flown to Moscow to participate in the trial of members of the far-right extremist Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense organization (banned in Russia), Nikolaya Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh.
The Supreme Court will review the legality of the sentences of Karpyuk and Klykh, whom a Chechen court recently sentenced to 22 and a half and 20 years respectively in a strict-regime prison colony.
Novikov wrote on his Twitter: “Nadezdha Savchenko has flown to Moscow to appeal for Karpyuk and Klykh in the Supreme Court.”
Later, Savchenko herself posted a video on her Facebook in which she confirmed that she intends to attend the court hearing on Karpyuk and Klykh. She remarked that she will do so “even if this means political suicide.”
Another former lawyer of Savchenko, Nikolay Polozov, told RIA Novosti that Savchenko has full right to visit Moscow insofar as the ban on her entry into the country has not been discussed.
“From the standpoint of formality, she is an absolutely free person,” Polozov remarked.
The head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Leonid Kalashnikov, explained Savchenko’s visit as a “PR move.”
“Apparently, she lacks fame and occasion to be praised back in her homeland. So she decided to come here to, on the other hand, show that it is not so dangerous as it may seem to many,” the deputy told RIA Novosti.
Karpyuk was arrested in Russia in March 2014 and Klykh in August of the same year. Russian investigators believe that the Ukrainians were part of a gang consisting of UNA-UNSO members.
According to investigators, in late 1994-early 1995, Karpyuk and Klykh fought in Chechnya against Russian federal forces and were involved in the murder of Russian soldiers. Karpyuk, according to media reports, is one of the leaders of the Ukrainian National Assembly and a representative of the extremist Right Sector organization also banned in Russia.
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