Russian investigators seek to extend detention of Ukrainian pilot Savchenko until May
MOSCOW, February 4 (RAPSI) – Investigators have filed a motion with Moscow’s Basmanny District Court seeking to extend until May 13 the detention of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who stands accused of complicity in the murder of Russian journalists, the court’s press secretary, Anna Fadeyeva, told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The investigators’ motion will be considered on February 10, Fadeyeva said.
Savchenko was detained last July in Russia on charges of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists during a military action over the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Television correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack. Both journalists were later buried in Moscow.
Savchenko denies the allegations and says that she was kidnapped in Ukraine and forcibly transported to Russia.
In Ukraine she has been sworn in as a lawmaker of parliament. She was elected as a top candidate in the Batkivshchyna party along with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
In late January, Russian authorities brought new charges against Savchenko. She is suspected of unauthorized crossing of border, according to her lawyer Ilya Novikov.