Savchenko Case – October 7

Russian traffic police wear badges such as this one.

Court session of the Savchenko case should have resumed by now, but once again, I find ever-diminishing material in the Russian press.  Probably will pick up again if something extraordinary happens in the courtroom.

In the meantime there is just this fragment from yesterday, it seems the day was mostly taken up with various Defense motions.  The Defense objects to prosecution witnesses being questioned via video-conferencing technology and wants to see them there, physically, in the courtroom.

For example, there was the questioning of of the FSB officer who (according to the Prosecution) took custody of Savchenko from the Highway troopers and delivered her to Voronezh.  Defense Attorney Nikolai Polozov claimed that the Officer was not able to recognize his own signature on the document that was presented in evidence, due to the poor quality of the video-conferencing tool.

Savchenko threw in her two kopecks with the statement:  “I insist that all witnesses should be physically present in the courtroom, and not give their testimony over Skype.  I want to see their faces.”

The Defense then submitted a motion requesting that the FSB officer physically show up in the courtroom.  The court will rule on that motion in session today (October 7).


Here is another little snippet that I found  in PolitNavigator.

According to this piece, which quotes another source (“Moskovsky Komsomolets”), the reporter in the courtroom noted erratic behavior on the part of the defendant, possibly indicating some psychiatric issues:

“During the court session Savchenko was laughing a lot, accusing everyone of lying, was swearing, flipping her middle finger to the Prosecutor, stretching, and pacing around inside her cage.”

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9 Responses to Savchenko Case – October 7

  1. Cortes says:

    The psychiatric issues is just preparing the ground for a medical defence or appeal against conviction.


    • yalensis says:

      Yes, possibly.
      She will need to come up with something to use for the “leniency” portion of the sentencing hearing.
      She is not a mother, so she can’t use that; in Russian law, that’s the best way to get leniency.
      But she doesn’t have kids, so, maybe being crazy is her ticket.


    • Jen says:

      She was probably advised by her lawyer Mark Feygin to act in a way that makes observers think she needs a shrink. Didn’t his other clients N Tolokonnikova and M Alyokhina act in much the same way during their trial, risking charges of perjury?

      Would a soldier with PTSD or other similar mental health issues act in the way described by the reporter in the courtroom?


      • yalensis says:

        I never thought of that before, but maybe she is actually suffering from PTSD.
        We know that she has seen combat, and possibly been trapped in one of the cauldrons.
        Makes sense that she would be traumatized by such experiences.


  2. marknesop says:

    I tend to think she is actually mentally ill. It’s possible she is just faking, but she doesn’t seem to have the temperament to be a skilled actress – too much of a hothead – and her behavior before she ever arrived in Russia suggested she was a bit of a nut.

    Mind you, Feigin is not very imaginative – as witnessed by his tying up the court with endless and frivolous defense motions, which only alienates the judge, just as he did in the Pussy Riot trial – and might well be pulling the same tactics again. Losers never learn.

    Here’s an interesting tidbit for you – Feigin is allegedly being investigated for extremism for some tweets he made. This is way back in April, and so probably is resolved one way or the other by now – I wasn’t paying attention back then because the trial was still far away, and I missed it. But what I found amusing is his unwavering pompous self-importance: ““They held on for 9.5 months. After that it became clear the ‘Savchenko case’ is crumbling. Can’t pull it off without removing Feigin,” the lawyer wrote.”


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