Nadiya Savchenko to spend one month in psychiatric institution



Nadiya Savchenko will spend one month at the The Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry. The institute is well known from Soviet times as a place where dissidents were examined and then sent to psychiatric hospitals, somewhat akin to the Ministry of Love in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

This was reported by Savchenko’s lawyer, Mark Feygin, on his Twitter, where he wrote, “in a short time, Savchenko will be transferred to Moscow’s Serbsky institute ‘for psychiatric assessment.’”

At one point during her trial, she said, “You do not have justice, you do not have laws. Your government – is, well, … Thank God we have gotten rid of Yanukovych. I will hope that you will soon be rid of Putin.”

Savchenko was captured during the War in Donbas on June 18, 2014, and was later transferred to Russia where she has been accused of killing two Russian journalists. On August 27, her trial had been suspended for an additional two months.

According to Feygin, she will be shortly be given a status of a political prisoner by Russian human rights organizations:

Savchenko has refused to participate in the psychological and psychiatric examination, stating that it is illegal and that she has been brought to Russia by force. 

If she is transferred to the institute, she will be removed from all consultations with lawyers for a month.

By Daniel Centore and Alya Shandra


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