18:58 Apr. 24, 2016
Ilya Novikov chairs the office of Ukrainian National Bar Association in Russia
Nadiya Savchenko's lawyer Ilya Novikov has chaired the office of the Ukrainian National Bar Association (the NAAU) in Russia. The Ukrainian Lawyers Council approved his candidacy.
According to the NAAU, Novikov personally took part in the meeting of the Ukrainian Lawyers Council.
Novikov says, the legal community of the two countries can establish and maintain those relations that are complicated at the international level.
The NAAU office in Russia can help look for lawyers to defend Ukrainian citizens in Russia, as well as advise the Russian business, which operates in Ukraine and needs to have a better understanding of the Ukrainian legislation.
"This communication is a must. I speak about protection of rights of those caught in difficult circumstances in Russia or Ukraine. We will ask the representative office in Russia to provide Ukrainian citizens with the best lawyers. I beg you to avoid misunderstandings between lawyers. We protect rights of people, and if we have an opportunity to set up such communication, we need to use it to protect our citizens," said the NAAU chairman Lydia Izovitova.
The Committee recommended the candidacy of Novikov – one of lawyers of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainians in Russia – as a patriotic, friendly to Ukraine partner, committed to developing cooperation with Russian lawyers.
The Council also decided to establish a NAAU representative office in Budapest. The Council notes that the NAAU representation office is not a legal entity and is funded lawyers by.
Ilya Novikov was present at what he called a historical conversation when President Poroshenko called Nadiya Savchenko and she stopped her full hunger strike.
Ukrainian pilot and MP Savchenko was captured in July 2014, she was then kidnapped and taken to Russia. Russian prosecutors accused her of killing two Russian journalists in Luhansk region and illegally crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. In spite of her denying the charges, Savchenko was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison on March 22. Human rights organizations, the OSCE, some UN Security Council members and the European Parliament have all called for her release.
On late April 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the possible exchange of Savchenko for the convicted Russian servicemen.