Statement by Nadezhda Savchenko on renewing her hunger strike

posted 22 Mar 2015, 12:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Mar 2015, 12:38 ]
17 March 2015

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Lawyer, Mark Feygin, has posted on Twitter a statement by the political prisoner, Nadezhda Savchenko.

Open Russia has published a translation of the document. In particular, Nadezhda Savchenko writes:

“..I am not an uncompromising person, but I cannot and will not trade conscience and truth…I stopped my hunger strike for 10 days, from March 5 to 15, in order to show good people that I appreciate your attention!

“But I can no longer do that since I would simply cease to respect myself. From March 16, I will resume my hunger strike until the day I am returned to Ukraine or until the last day of my life in Russia…”

Elected as a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for the ‘Fatherland’ party, Savchenko is held in a Moscow remand centre accused of involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists in the Donbass region. She was allegedly assisting the Ukrainian army’s weapons find their targets. According to the investigation, Savchenko was detained in Russia when she tried to cross the border without documents and posing as a refugee.

Savchenko herself claims to have been illegally kidnapped by Luhansk People’s Republic militants before the deaths of the journalists and to have been illegally taken into Russian territory with a bag over her head.

In protest against her arrest, Savchenko has been on a long-term hunger strike. Her condition is causing serious concern among her lawyers and relatives.

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

For more information about the position of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Nadezhda Savchenko case, read here.

Translated by Nathalie Corbett