Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th May, 2016
On the official website of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, May 25th, a petition was published to appoint the pardoned in Russia Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko as Head of State.
Nadezhda Savchenko as President. (…) Such people must control our government,” wrote the caller.
At the time of writing the statement has been signed by 34 people.
Also, on Wednesday, Savchenko’s mother – Maria Ivanovna – said her daughter lay on the runway after arriving in Kiev.
In addition, after the arrival of the Ukrainian pilot, she said that she would like to drink vodka. “For myself, I need to drink three liters of vodka”, she said. Savchenko also said that she is full of energy and ready to begin parliamentary work for tomorrow (she was listed as an MP from the faction “Fatherland” in the Verkhovna Rada).
On the same day in Moscow, prisoners in Ukraine, the Russians Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, who was pardoned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, flew in a government plane of Russia to Vnukovo airport.
Savchenko was pardoned after in March, a Russian court sentenced her to 22 years in prison on charges of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, and the attempted murder of their colleagues. In addition, she was fined for illegal crossing the border.
Russian citizens Alexandrov and Yerofeyev were sentenced in April in Kiev to 14 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property. The court found them guilty of terrorism, waging an “aggressive war”, and the actions that led to the death of a person. The Russians were detained by Ukrainian security forces in May 2015 in the Lugansk region. According to the statements of Kiev, they are members of the Armed forces of Russia. Moscow insists that Yerofeyev and Alexandrov were not in the military forces at the time of arrest.
For the petition on the website of the President of Ukraine to be considered by the head of state, it needs to collect 25,000 signatures within 92 days. However, this achievement does not necessarily give it approval, as initiatives are checked for legality and expediency before their implementation.