Press release: A global #FreeSavchenko twitter storm and day of support on 26 January 2015

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2015/01/22 • Help Ukraine, Stories

Who: activists around the world
What: will hold an international day of support for Nadiya Savchenko
Where: around the world and in the internet
When: 26 January, 2015
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On 26 January 2015, the day of a PACE meeting where Nadiya Savchenko was delegated to represent Ukraine were she not imprisoned in Moscow, an international day of support for her will take place under the hashtag #FreeSavchenko. Activists around the world will join efforts to cast a light on the Ukrainian pilot’s and POW’s illegal abduction and imprisonment in Moscow. Our objective is to prompt politicians to speak up and demand her release and for the worlds media to pay attention to Nadiya’s plight. Nadiya is more than a hostage; she has become a symbol of Ukraine resisting Russian invasion.

Nadiya is fully aware of the campaign and has thanked her supporters in a letter that she passed via her lawyer Mark Feygin; she’s also used the #FreeSavchenko hash tag in a recent letter and stated she has “high hopes” for the 26th.

Everyone around the world who cares about her fate can join the campaign to set her free by taking part in the twitter storm. Our target on the 26th is to achieve One Million #FreeSavchenko tweets. Other ways to support are to sign a petition to PACE President Anne Brasseur, and sign on to the thunderclap launched in her name.

The park in front of Warsaw’s Russian embassy now carries her name, and other parks are appearing in cities around the world. Hundreds of images and videos are being created in her support and rallies are planned to take place in at least 16 cities around the world.

Thanks to the twitter storm that was initiated on 5 January 2014 by @GlasnostGone, the US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on Russia to release Savchenko. The EU Parliament also demanded her release and US Congress member Bill Pascrell recently called upon Russia to release Nadiya and urged Congress members to support the Campaign. US Ambassador in Ukraine G. Pyatt has been a major supporter of the campaign, alongside the US representative to OSCE Daniel Baer and the Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine R. Waschuk.

The petition to release Savchenko was handed to PACE President Anne Brasseur during her visit to Kyiv, likely leading to the statement of the EU Parliament to release Nadiya, and is still gathering signatures.

Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike protesting against her imprisonment. Thus far she has lost more than 12 kilograms and her sister Vera has said the hunger strike “is having a severe effect on Nadiya’s physical state.”

On hunger strike since 13th Dec, she has stated in a letter that she will either die in Russia, or be released; she’s said it is God’s will whether she lives or dies.

Ways to get involved:

  1. Join the One million tweets to #FreeSavchenko twitter storm on January 26
  2. Tweet with #FreeSavchenko
  3. Sign the petition to Anne Brasseur
  4. Sign on to the thunderclap to #FreeSavchenko
  5. Organize a rally to #FreeSavchenko in your town (for the list of rallies already planned check the twitter storm FB event; on January 24 there were 31)
  6. Name a park in Nadiya’s name
  7. Take a photo with a sign to #FreeSavchenko and tweet/post it, create an image with #FreeSavchenko (find inspiration here), make a video, write about her

For more information please contact:
Alex King @GlasnostGone, Glasnostgone @ aol.co.uk
Alya Shandra @AlyaShandra,  alya.shandra @ gmail.com

Resources

Articles

Videos

Clip to support the kidnapped Ukrainian pilot Savchenko released by TV channel Ukraine Today together with Ukraine’s MFA (German, French, Ukrainian, Portugese in link):









Graphics

By Mykhailo [email protected], download hi-resolution version

by Alex King @GlasnostGone,

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By Ev Melekhovets @ev_melekhovets

 

Lots of more graphics in FB album on Euromaidanpress

Other resources

 

 

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  • http://ideamaidan.com/ IdeaMaidan

    Also: Here is the text that I myself emailed to all of the reporters specified in my previous comment. It would probably not be of any use for anyone to copy it verbatim, of course, but it might be helpful as an example of how to approach
    things if anyone else wants to take up this same task. It might actually be counter-productive if any particular reporter is swarmed with emails about this issue, though, so it would probably be best if only a half dozen or so people with some real writing skills took it on. It’s a “narrow-casting” approach, as opposed to the
    “broadcasting” approach that a Twitter storm puts out.

    A Russia/Ukraine Story Deserving More Attention

    Here is a story that I believe deserves much more attention. I realize it is very likely you are aware of the story already, but it in fact has not received very much coverage in recent days.

    I am referring here to the plight of Nadiya Savchenko, the former Ukrainian fighter pilot—the first woman ever to attend the Ukrainian Air Force University in Kharkiv—and just recently elected MP of the Ukrainian parliament. Savchenko has been incarcerated in Russia since last July, charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the Ukrainian Donbas. I am familiar with no
    credible or in any way serious person in the West who believes these charges to be anything but false, and that her imprisonment is anything other than a violation of international law.

    The particularly exigent nature of her case at the moment, though, is the following: For well over a month now, Savchenko has been on a hunger strike to protest her imprisonment, receiving only warm water and tea and a glucose drip.
    As a result of this strike, Russian authorities have now placed her in solitary confinement. She had previously said she is determined to extend her hunger strike at least until Jan. 26th ; more recently, she has stated that she does not intend to stop at any point until she is freed.

    A campaign to raise awareness and to seek the means for her release has been initiated by online activists, with Jan. 26th designated as a Global Action Day. The Twitter hashtag #FreeSavchenko is being used as a sort of rallying point.

    Savchenko is currently being defended in Russia by Mark Feygin, who also served as the attorney for Pussy Riot. Feygin actually had an Op-Ed piece published just before Christmas in the Washington Post about the case, and I am excerpting a brief paragraph from this below, as I think it gives a good
    overview of his defense. I have also provided a few additional links for further background.

    “Savchenko’s innocence of [the] charge[s] [against her] can be easily established: Telephone logs show that she was captured an hour before the attack that killed the journalists. But that is not the point. Under the Geneva Conventions, she cannot be charged with a criminal offense at all. If she did
    anything wrong, she is answerable only to international justice under the laws of war.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/russias-illegal-prisoners-of-war/2014/12/24/d68fc5ae-8ad7-11e4-9e8d-0c687bc18da4_story.html

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    http://maidantranslations.com/2015/01/12/hope-for-nadiya-savchenko-global-action-january-26-freesavchenko/