Vera Savchenko on efforts to secure release of her sister, political prisoner Nadezhda Savchenko

posted 29 Jun 2015, 01:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Jun 2015, 02:00 ]
23 June 2015

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Public figures and politicians around the world are working to secure the release of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who is currently being held in a pre-trial detention centre in Moscow, but these efforts have so far delivered little in the way of results. This is the verdict of the political prisoner’s sister, Vera Savchenko, as quoted in a Rosbalt report citing UNN.

Vera, who has already visited five different countries to enlist support for her sister, says that she has met with a positive reception everywhere. Even Russia proved no exception to this rule; “the people of Moscow actively support Nadia. This of course is a certain group of people who attend every court hearing in the cas”.

Savchenko, who has been elected to the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine as a member of the Batkivshchyna Party, is being held in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre after being charged with involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists in Donbass, where she was allegedly directed fire for the Ukrainian army. The investigators claim that Savchenko was detained in Russia after attempting to cross the border as a refugee without documents.

Savchenko asserts that she was abducted by members of the Luhansk People’s Republic’s army before the journalists died, and illegally deported to Russia with a bag covering her head.

The prisoner is engaged in a long-term hunger strike in protest at her arrest, and her state of health is a source of serious concern for her family and defence team.

Nadezhda Savchenko has been recognised as a political prisoner by the Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center.

Further details regarding the position of the Memorial Human Rights Centre on the Nadezhda Savchenko case can be found here.

Translated by Joanne Reynolds