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Savchenko asks Putin pardon Ukrainian political prisoners

In her letter to the President of Russia, Ukraine's MP asks Putin to pardon 66 Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia's prisons
20:34, 13 June 2018

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On June 13, Nadiya Sabcheno, Ukraine’s MP, who is kept in custody in SBU remand prison in Kyiv, addressed Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, with a letter where she asks to pardon the Ukrainian political prisoners. The photocopy of the letter was made public on Savhcenko’s Facebook page.

The list of the surnames of the Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia is added to the letter (66 people in total).

The letter was sent to Russian President’s admission office in Moscow.

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“An exceptional situation concerning the fate of my compatriots, the Ukrainian citizens, kept in the places of detention in Russian Federation, life and health of whom is under serious danger, when there is still an opportunity to save their lives, I address You personally, through an open letter with a sincere request from me personally and on the behalf of my voters, on the behalf of every person in Ukraine and in the whole world concerned about the fate of the Ukrainian political prisoner kept in Russia, to release Ukrainian citizens, who are kept in Russian jails and pretrial detention centers, by any legal way,” Savchenko’s letter says.

The MP asks the President of Russia to make a decision on the pardon and “make this step to make the peace in Ukraine, peace between Ukrainian and Russian nations and peace in the international relations between Russian and Ukraine possible”.

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The list includes the following names: Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Mykola Karpyuk, Stanislav Klykh, Palo Hryb, Oleksandr Shumkov and others.

 As we reported earlier, The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claimed that the psychological forensic examination with the use of the polygraph of MP Nadia Savchenko has confirmed her intentions of the coup d'état, particularly the commitment of the terrorist act in the governmental quarter and the Ukrainian Parliament. The SBU noted that she worked out the clear plan of the murder of the states' leaders; she agreed with the accomplices on who and what should do during the attempted murder of Ukraine's leaders. She informed Oleksandr Tymofeev and Volodymyr Ruban.

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On May 14 during the court session, Savchenko claimed that Paruby issued her a weapon commenting the statement of Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko that the Russian officers issued her the weapons.

As we reported, Shevchenkivsky Court of Kyiv decided on the preventive measures for Savchenko, which is custody for two months until May 20, 2018, without a right for a bail. Besides, the Court decided that the detention on March 22 was illegal. On March 29, the Appeal Court of Kyiv kept Savchenko’s arrest effective.

The same day the MP went on the hunger strike. She also emphasized that she is not going to escape from Ukraine. On April 12, Savchenko was transferred from the remand center to the hospital for the examination.

On April 16, it was reported that Savchenko continued her hunger strike and polygraph was postponed until April 17.

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On March 15, Lutsenko claimed during his speech at the parliament that Savchenko personally planned, recruited and ordered how to hold the terrorist attack in the Verkhovna Rada, destroying two lodges, governmental and post, by the combat grenades, bringing down the dome of the Verkhovna Rada by the mortar launchers and killing the survived with the assault rifles.

Also, it was reported that non-affiliated MP Nadia Savchenko and Volodymyr Ruban, the Head of 'Officer Corps' planned to attack the cortege of the President of Ukraine with the large caliber sniper rifle. 

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