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Russia's Rostov court to consider transfer of Savchenko case to Moscow on August 21

August 18, 2015, 11:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to media reports, the case files have been delivered to the Rostov regional court
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MOSCOW, August 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Rostov court will consider on August 21 the transfer of the Nadezhda Savchenko case to Moscow. The former Ukrainian pilot is accused of murder and attempted murder.

"The hearing of the Rostov regional court on changing the jurisdiction for the Savchenko case has been scheduled for 10:00 Moscow Time on August 21," Savchenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov has told TASS.

According to media reports, the Savchenko case files have been delivered to the Rostov regional court.

Savchenko is accused in Russia of involvement in a mortar attack that killed two Russian state TV journalists on eastern Ukraine's frontlines, where she enlisted as a volunteer in one of the battalions fighting against local militias, as well as illegal crossing of the border with the Russian Federation. If found guilty, she could face up to 25 years in prison. The former pilot does not admit her guilt.

Russian investigators say that Savchenko, ex-pilot of a Mi-24 helicopter, joined the notorious Aidar battalion during combat operations in the much-troubled Luhansk region of Ukraine last June.

Upon noting the position of a filming crew of the Russian State Broadcasting Company and other civilians, the 33-year-old reported the data to mortar-equipped personnel who opened fire on the crew and the civilians. As a result, correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed.

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