MOSCOW, July 16 (RAPSI) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has given top priority to the complaint of Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who was arrested in Russia and charged with taking part in killing of two Russian journalists, her attorney Valentina Telychenko said on Facebook.
According to the attorney, the ECHR court sent a letter to the Russian government asking why Savchenko has not been given an opportunity to meet with the Ukrainian consul. The court also requested that the Russian government provide information on the prison conditions of the Ukrainian national and other actions regarding her detention.
Telychenko expressed hope that “the European court’s quick action [in this case] could mean that Savchenko will return to Ukraine soon.”
Savchenko is a Ukrainian pilot who called in artillery fire via radio. She was detained in Russia, which she allegedly entered as a refugee, and charged with complicity in the murder of Russian journalists in Ukraine. The Novousmansky District Court in the Voronezh Region ruled on July 2 to extend Savchenko’s arrest until the end of August.
On July 9, members of the Voronezh Region’s Public Oversight Commission who visited Savchenko found no violations of the approved prison conditions and that they were not below European standards.
Vesti correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack in the vicinity of Metallist and Mirny, small towns near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.