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Savchenko Trial Adjourned To Consider Change Of Venue

Savchenko Trial Adjourned To Consider Change Of Venue

The trial of a Ukrainian air force pilot charged by Russian authorities in connection with the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine was adjourned shortly after it began behind closed doors in Russia’s Rostov region on July 30.

A court spokeswoman said the court would consider an appeal by Nadya Savchenko’s lawyers to conduct the trial in Moscow.

She said a date for the next hearing won’t be set until a decision is reached on whether to hold the trial in Moscow.

Savchenko’s high-profile trial is being held in Donetsk, a small town in Russia’s southern Rostov region close to the border with war-torn eastern Ukraine. The town has no connection with its namesake in eastern Ukraine.

Western diplomats who attempted to monitor the closed-door trial were not allowed to attend.

Russia’s Granu.ru publication tweeted a photo of reporters standing outside of the court room, saying that journalists were being allowed inside the court building because of the heat outside, but were not being allowed into the trial itself.

Source: Savchenko Trial Adjourned To Consider Change Of Venue