MOSCOW, September 1 (RAPSI, Olga Siverkina) - Nadezhda Savchenko, who stands accused of having abetted the killings of two Russian journalists in Ukraine, has appealed the investigators’ decision that she needs to undergo complex psychiatric evaluation, her attorney Nikolai Polozov told RAPSI on Monday.
The appeal has been submitted to Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin and Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.
Savchenko's attorney claims that investigators exert pressure on her client.
Savchenko, 33, a Ukrainian helicopter pilot, was detained when she allegedly entered Russia as a refugee.
She claims, however, that she was kidnapped. Savchenko was forcibly transported to Russia in handcuffs and with a sack over her head after being captured near Lugansk on June 18, according to her attorneys.
Ukrainian Consul Hennadiy Breskalenko visited Savchenko at the pretrial detention center on July 16 and confirmed the allegations.
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 Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. Both journalists were buried in Moscow.
Savchenko's attorneys say she was not actively involved in the military operations ongoing in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine.