Person of the Week: Nadia Savchenko

posted 11 Jan 2015, 14:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Feb 2015, 10:49 ]
On 5 January supporters of Nadia Savchenko took to Twitter 
using the hashtag #FreeSavchenko to mark the 21st day of her hunger strike in a Moscow prison where she is held in pre-trial detention. On 9 January Savchenko was placed in solitary confinement at a pretrial detention center in Moscow. 

Nadia Savchenko was captured on June 18 by pro-Russian separatists near Luhansk. On June 19, a video of her interrogation was published on the Internet. According to her lawyer Mark Feygin, on June 20 the rebels handed Savchenko over to Russian intelligence officers, who transferred her to Russia. Russian authorities say she crossed the border voluntarily.

Nadia Savchenko has written a letter from prison, see: Halya Coynash, 'Nadiya Savchenko will not end her hunger strike nor let them break her spirit',, 12 January 2015

For more information see the article by her lawyer Mark Feygin, 'Russia’s illegal prisoners of war', The Washington Post, 24 December 2014.

See also: Roland Oliphant, 'Nadia Savchenko: The most controversial prisoner of the war in Ukraine', The Telegraph, 11 January 2015; Daisy Sindelar, 'Meet The Tough-As-Nails Ukrainian Pilot That Russia Wants To Try For Murder', RFE/RL, 10 July 2014

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