A political scientist, a former University Professor and human rights activist Mikhail Savva, sentenced in Russia for fraud to three years in a penal colony and leave the country, received in Ukraine, the status of political refugee. About this newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to his account in Facebook. However, at the time of publication notes the records on the page no.

“The United States has also endorsed me to the refugee status but I did not move. Did not want once again to start life anew. For more than a year I am a member of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of evaluation of policies, programmes and projects, together with his colleagues registered non-profit organization – expert group “Sova”. In “Owl,” I am the Chairman of the Board. Do research, develop a system of monitoring and evaluation, write articles”, – quotes “Kommersant” Savva.

The criminal case against the Krasnodar public figure, was instituted provincial of the FSB in April 2013. He was accused of embezzlement of budget funds (360 thousand) allocated a grant of the southern resource center. He was also charged with unlawful compensation in Kuban state University, Krasnodar 72 thousand rubles.

Pervomaisky district court of Krasnodar on 2 April 2014 recognized Mikhail Savva guilty to two counts of fraud and sentenced him to three years of imprisonment conditionally with a trial period two years and a fine of 70 thousand rubles. In March 2015 the Soviet court of Krasnodar has satisfied the petition of the Federal penitentiary service and replaced a suspended sentence in a colony-settlement.

Savva and his supporters insisted on the political background of the case, the wife of human rights defender, in particular, argued that the investigators were interested in only foreign connections of her husband. They even accused him of having links with the CIA, but did not prove it. Savva allegedly coordinated a network of hostile Russian NGOs in the North Caucasus.

At the end of February 2015 Savva said that he intends to indict for “another mock case” and to achieve the replacement of probation by a real. “Hope for justice in modern Russia – is a sign of dementia. I went,” he told reporters of his decision to emigrate. According to media reports, Mikhail Savva left Russia by plane Moscow – Kiev. In early March of 2015 it was announced in the Federal wanted list.

As noted by RBC, in April 2015, it became known that against Sava brought one more criminal case – under part 2 of article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud committed by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement”). According to investigators, Savva is responsible for what in an information-educational center “Levadas”, founder of which he is not fully held classes for which the money was received from the regional budget (750 thousand).

Mikhail Savva is a doctor of political Sciences, Professor, author of over 150 scientific publications and numerous articles. Expert ethnological monitoring.

Political analyst Mikhail Savva, who was convicted in Russia for fraud, was granted asylum in Ukraine 11.10.2016

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