: Russian Justice Ministry gets documents for Savchenko's return to Ukraine

14:07 May. 18, 2016

Russian Justice Ministry gets documents for Savchenko's return to Ukraine

Former Ukrainian pilot Nadiya (Nadezhda) Savchenko appears at a verdict hearing into her case at the Donetsk City Court. (Getty Images)

Illegally convicted Ukrainian pilot may return to Ukraine

Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov announces that his ministry has already received documents from the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the transfer of Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko to Ukraine, according to RIA Novosti.

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"We have received Savchenko's documents from the Federal Penitentiary Service," Konovalov said at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum on Wednesday.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 22, Russia's Donetsk city court in Rostov region sentenced Savchenko to 22 years in prison for the alleged murder of two Russian journalists.

In late April, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told Ukrainian TV channels that he "firmly hoped" that the presidential plane would bring the illegally convicted Savchenko back home from Russia within a few weeks.

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On April 27, Savchenko's lawyer Ilya Novikov claimed his client had reportedly received documents for extradition to Ukraine and projected she might return home in the latter half of May.

Reporting by UNIAN

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