On 16 March 2016, the Russian magazine Snob published a large interview with Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyers Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov. Feygin, who is involved in the case of the Ukrainian pilot imprisoned in Russia, spoke about the beginning of cooperation with the Open Dialogue Foundation.
“On 9 July 2014 it became known that a woman named Nadiya Savchenko was on the territory of Russia and would have to stand trial. And literally the next day, on 10 July 2014, I received a phone call from Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation a Polish-Ukrainian organisation with its head office in Warsaw. The president told me all the details, she said that Savchenko had been appointed a certain lawyer, Shulzhenko, and the [Ukrainian] Ministry of Foreign Affairs is considering who could take over the case, as it is quite complicated,” Feygin said. He added that he had seen footage of the abducted pilot bravely answering questions from the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky. After talking to Kozlovska, he watched the video for a second time and decided within 15 minutes that he would defend Savchenko.