(AFP) Donetsk (Russia) – Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrived in court Monday to hear the verdict in her high-profile murder trial in southern Russia, which Kiev and the West have slammed as a political sham. The 34-year-old was flanked by Cossacks in military uniform as she entered a court ringed by gun-toting riot officers in Donetsk near the Ukrainian border. […]
"They could try to swap her after giving her a tough sentence," Nikolai Petrov from Moscow's National Research University Higher School of Economics told AFP.
"But then (she) would have to be (swapped) for someone that can be made to seem worth it, in the eyes of the Russian public."
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