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Savchenko Transferred From Hospital Back To Jail


Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko has been transferred back to a detention center in Moscow after spending just two days in a civilian hospital.

Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service said that Savchenko was sent back to prison on April 30 after doctors in the Moscow City Hospital No. 20 concluded that her health condition was "satisfactory."

The announcement came hours after Savchenko’s lawyer, Mark Feigin, said his client wanted to go back to the detention center as conditions in the "special ward" at the hospital were "substantially worse than expected" and "certainly worse" than the medical unit at Moscow's Matrosskaya Tishina pretrial detention center.

Prison authorities said on April 28 that Savchenko was moved to a civilian hospital because her health had deteriorated.

Savchenko has been jailed in Russia since July, when she says she was illegally brought into the country after being abducted by separatists in Ukraine.

She is charged with complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists who died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as illegal border crossing.

She denies guilt and conducted a hunger strike for more than 80 days to protest her incarceration in Russia.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax
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