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.”