: Kremlin grants pardon to Nadiya Savchenko

16:41 May. 25, 2016

Kremlin grants pardon to Nadiya Savchenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)

Putin signs the relevant decree 

The Kremlin issued"'s decree granting a pardon to Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko.

The decree is posted on the Russian president's official website.

The decree reads: "Convicted Nadiya Savchenko, born May 11, 1981 in Kyiv, is to be granted a pardon and freed from further serving her sentence in prison", the document says.

The decree takes effect on the date of its signing.

On May 25, Ukrainian pilot-turned-MP Nadiya Savchenko, who was illegally held in Russia for almost two years, was released and exchanged for the two Russian Special Forces servicemen captured in eastern Ukraine last year.

Read also Nadiya Savchenko comes back home to Ukraine (live broadcasting and updates)

Nadiya Savchenko came back to Ukraine and made her first statement once she had set her foot on the Ukrainian soil: "I want to thank everyone who fought for me, for everyone, for everyone who is in prison to be free. I want to thank those who wished me well - I'm alive because of you! I also want to thank those who wished me ill - to spite you."608xX

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