U.S. House of Representatives calls on Russia to free Savchenko

U.S. House of Representatives calls on Russia to free SavchenkoOn September 22, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted resolution H.Res.50 "Calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014," according to MFA of Ukraine.

The document, co-authored by 36 Congressmen from the Democratic and Republican parties, condemns Russian Federation for the illegal detention of Savchenko and urges that she be immediately released, the report says.

The resolution calls on the United States, its European allies and the international community to strongly support efforts to release Savchenko and other illegally detained Ukrainian prisoners.

The draft resolution was submitted by congressional representatives S.Levin, M.Kaptur, M.Fitzpatrick, M.Quigley and B.Pascrell.

Savchenko was abducted by Russia-backed militants in Donbas last summer, and then taken to Russia, where she was charged with being involved in the death of Russian journalists. However, the defense claims she couldn't have been involved in the death as she had been captured before the journalists were killed.

On June 10, Moscow's City Court prolonged Savchenko's arrest until September 30, 2015, at the Investigative Committee's request.

On July 2, the Investigative Committee announced that Savchenko and three of her attorneys completed the examination of the case materials.

Savchenko is being accused of murder and attempted murder. She faces up to 25 years in Russian prison, according to her lawyer.

Source: UNIAN
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