Russian Federal Penitentiary Service published a press release stating that it started collecting documents for transferring Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine.
“In response to the request of the Ministry of Justice, following the request from the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on the transfer of convicted Nadiya Savchenko for further punishment in Ukraine, based on the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 21.03.1983, Russian Federal Penitentiary Service collects all necessary materials,” said in a press release.
In the department it was stressed that it is not about freeing Savchenko, but rather transferring her to serve her sentence in the homeland, as stipulated by the international Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
A key condition for the transfer under the Convention is the recognition of legitimacy and fairness of the sentence by the country where the prisoner is moved (Ukraine in this case).
Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service emphasizes that Savchenko can be transferred to Ukraine only if absolute guarantees are provided that she spends all 22 years she was sentenced to in Ukrainian prison.