Diplomat believes Morgan Freeman was 'roped in' to be weaponized in anti-Russia crusadeRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 20, 18:02
Russian lawyer blasts ‘medieval’ efforts by UK Paralympic athletes to fake handicapSport September 20, 17:36
Aftermath of powerful earthquake in MexicoWorld September 20, 17:28
Over 50 countries sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at UNWorld September 20, 17:15
Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of allowing Pyongyang to develop nuclear weaponsWorld September 20, 17:06
Russian planes return to bases after Zapad-2017 exerciseMilitary & Defense September 20, 16:37
German Olaf Langer appointed head coach for Russian women’s basketball teamSport September 20, 16:13
Amur leopard conservation center opens in Russian Far EastSociety & Culture September 20, 16:01
Germany 'takes note' of Trump’s statement on North KoreaWorld September 20, 16:00
DONETSK (Rostov Region), March 2. /TASS/. Russia’s prosecutor has called for a 23-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 rubles ($1,400) for former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko accused of killing two Russian reporters in summer 2014.
"The state prosecution believes it is possible to announce a final sentence of 23 years in jail to Savchenko," the prosecutor said, adding that Savchenko’s guilt in the murder of the reporters is "fully proven."
Savchenko was also accused of attempts on the life of cameraman Viktor Denisov and six Ukrainian citizens who came under artillery shelling. The prosecutor has asked to remove these accusations from the case.
"Unfortunately, the Russian law does not allow bringing to justice the defendant for this crime in Russia’s territory," he said.
The prosecutor stressed that Savchenko has no immunity as the crimes had been committed before she was named a member of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in late January 2015.
Russia’s investigators say Savchenko, the gunner of a Mi-24 helicopter, joined the Aidar militant battalion and in June 2014 conducted covert surveillance and direction of artillery bombarding targeting a checkpoint in the much-troubled Lugansk region. The settlement was full of civilians, including three Russian journalists.
Two Russian journalists - Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin - from the All-Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (VGTRK) died in the shelling.