Savchenko's defence lawyer Ilya Novikov comments on her potential extradition from Russia
The trial of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot unjustly imprisoned in Russia, has captivated the headlines all over the world. The international community responded with stern criticism of Putin's handling of Savchenko's case. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Savchenko's conviction to 22 years in prison is Russia's blatant disregard for the principles of justice and a clear violation of the Minsk agreements. With more on the case of Nadiya Savchenko, one of her defence lawyers Ilya Novikov joined us in our newsroom.
"Nadya's situation is very unique, very specific. I believe that a political solution which is quite possible in the presetn situation will be more effective than any form of legal arrangement or legal judgement."
"The final decision will be reached by political negotiations. We are taking in account Nadya's own position, because she refused to appeal for two reasons. The first and the most important one is the moral dimension of the situation. She thought that by making an appeal to some high-level court in Russia she will demonstrate, she will make people believe that she somehow on some level trusts the Russian judicial system. It's not true. This judicial system had many chances to show that it can be fair towards Nadya and towards other people in her position. It failed as many times as it dealt with theses situations. The second reason for Nadya to refuse to appeal is that it will probably delay the date when her sentence becomes final."
"The other persons from the list are in hard situation. I believe nobody of them can expect fair trial and justice in Russia. We see that Ukrainian Foreign Ministry can do very little for them. They are doing their best. They arrange consulate assistance, they arrange any assitance and help to defence attorneys who work with Ukrainians, but we still are ways from the final solution."