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Savchenko says came to Russia to support convicted Ukrainians

October 26, 2016, 16:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict against Karpyuk and Klykh, the members of the UNA-UNSO Ukrainian nationalist organization

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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Ukrainian MP Nadezhda Savchenko, who was earlier convicted and pardoned in Russia, said in the Supreme Court in Moscow on Wednesday that she came there to support two convicted Ukrainians Nikolay Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh.

Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict against Karpyuk and Klykh, the members of the UNA-UNSO Ukrainian nationalist organization, convicted for taking part in combat actions in Russia's Chechnya in 1994 and 1995.

"I have come with the only goal - to support Nikolay and Stas and not to talk to the journalists," Savchenko said. She left the court’s building shortly after the hearing and traveled in a car accompanied by staff of the Ukrainian embassy.

Before arriving at the court, Savchenko refused to answer reporters’ questions but told the Newsone Ukrainian TV broadcaster how she had crossed the border with Russia and how she had been treated by FSB officers (Russian Security Service).

"If I had been outlawed here, I would not be allowed to enter the country," she said. "The Russian customs officers and FSB officers were very polite to me during the trip and nobody is holding anything against me. I was allowed to enter the country and my papers were duly stamped," Savchenko said, adding she saw no problems and obstacles and could not understand why Ukrainian MPs were so frightened to visit Russia.

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