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 Russia’s presidential human rights council does not rule out exchange of Savchenko for captive GRU operatives Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev

Head of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov does not exclude the possibility of exchange of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko for captured operatives of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev.

"I hope that both Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov will eventually return home just like Nadezhda Savchenko," Fedotov said at a press conference, Censor.NET informs citing Interfax-Russia.

Asked whether it could take place as a result of bilateral agreements, the Council on Human Rights head said: "Certainly, I just do not see any other way."

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Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been held in custody in the Russian Federation since July 2014. The Russian investigators trump up charges against her including aiding the murder of journalists Igor Korneliuk and Anton Voloshin in the Luhansk region as well as illegal crossing of the Russian border.

It was reported earlier that GRU commandos Alexandrov and Yerofeyev appealed to the court to recognize them as prisoners of war.

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It should be reminded that operatives of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were captured by the Ukrainian soldiers near the government-controlled city of Shchastia May 16. They were served notice of suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities as part of the so-called "LPR" May 20.

May 22, the Shevchenko district court in Kyiv imposed pretrial restriction against Sergeant Alexander Aleksandrov and Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev having arrested them for two months.

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In a conversation with the OSCE SMM observers, the Russian special forces operatives admitted that they had previously visited eastern Ukraine being on tours of duty by the order of the military authorities of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated that the agency expects the release of the Russian citizens detained in Ukraine noting that captured Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were "former" Russian servicemen.

 
 
 
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