: Savchenko getting ready for extradition

19:38 Apr. 27, 2016

Savchenko getting ready for extradition

Nadiya Savchenko waves to journalists from a glass cage in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, March 21, 2016 (AP Photo)

Vira Savchenko says her sister is filling in some personal details papers

The chief officer of Russia's Novocherkassk detention center has given Nadiya Savchenko a package of documents needed for her extradition to Ukraine. Vira Savchenko, the sister of the imprisoned Ukrainian pilot, reported about it speaking to the Ukrainian TSN news outlet after having met with Nadiya.

"Now she is filling in the papers, such as application form, biographical data, etc. Kalganov, the prison director, told her it is necessary for the extradition. Let's hope it is true," said Vira Savchenko.

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However, Ukrainian prisoner is afraid that these documents may be used for her transfer to the colony. Nadiya Savchenko says she has already been deceived, when she filled in the papers at the beginning of the process.

Vira adds that her sister is feeling normal and is in a good mood. She can already eat regular food, but still has problems with legs – they swell due to the dysfunction of kidneys.

Nadiya Savchenko was kidnapped by Russian-backed separatist forces in 2014 and forcibly transferred to Russia where she was accused of killing two Russian journalists and illegally crossing the border with Russia. After nearly two-years on trial, Savchenko was convicted and sentenced to 22 years behind bars and a 1, 000 U.S. dollar fine.

Shortly after the sentence had been announced Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko stated his readiness to exchange Nadiya Savchenko for the two Russian servicemen captured in Luhansk region in May of 2015. On April 18th, both men were convicted of conducting aggressive war and participating in terrorist organizations, and sentenced to 14 years in prison and asset seizure.

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