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Lawyer Says Captive Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Enjoys Support At Home

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko, whom Russia accuses of abetting the killing of two Russian journalists during fighting in eastern Ukraine, is seen via closed-circuit television during a the trial in a Voronezh regional court in July.

The attorney for captive Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has told RFE/RL his client enjoys the support of voters back in Ukraine, where she was recently elected to a seat in parliament.

Mark Feigin said in an October 31 interview that Ukrainian voters clearly did not believe claims by Russia's Investigative Committee that Savchenko was involved in the murder of Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine earlier this year.

Savchenko won a seat in parliament in the October 26 parliamentary elections, running on the party list of Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna Party.

Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian separatists on June 18 in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region before turning up in Russian custody in early July.

She has said she was hooded and handcuffed by those rebels and smuggled across the border to be handed over to the Russians.

She was later confined to a psychiatric institute in Moscow.

However, Feigin said via Twitter on October 31 that Savchenko is now being moved from the psychiatric institute back to a pretrial detention facility.

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