Nadiya Savchenko from prison: I am not afraid and not giving in!




On her 74th day of a hunger strike, the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko held prisoner in Russia, sent a letter in which she thanked her supporters and invited them to the global day for her support on 1 March 2015.


People… I do not have the words to thank you for everything… For all your support and for the determined struggle you are conducting on my behalf.

In my wildest dreams I could not have counted on such support! I am fighting too! And not giving in! And will not be broken!

Because I am fighting not only for myself but against the system that maims and kills only those who fear it and yields to those who are not afraid. I am not afraid.

There are many Ukrainians here in Russian prisons. It is necessary to pull out the first one, so that it becomes easier to fight for each one later. Ukrainians have already shown the world the example of the Revolution of Dignity and how to fight with a criminal, rapacious power. And now I and all of Ukraine still have to fight with the unacceptable power of our neighbor!

Wish me and Ukraine success in this unequal battle by your support in the global action on March 1, 2015.

With all my heart, thank you.

Nadiya Savchenko 24.02.2015

On 1 March 2015, a global day of support for Nadiya Savchenko will be held. This is how you can help free her:

  • Join the facebook event and invite your friends;
  • Tweet #FreeSavchenko;
  • Stage a demo – doesn’t have to be at a Russian embassy, could be in a public place of where you live;
  • Contact your media and request to be interviewed or for them to do a story on Nadiya. The more the world speaks out for her, the more chances she will live!
  • Write or tweet to politicians to urge for them to speak out for her release. Ideas in the clickable tweets from the January 26 day twitter storm;
  • Print and spread leaflets about Nadiya – you can download them here in Ukrainian, Russian, English, French, Czech, German, Spanish, Polish.

Please see the FB event for more updates.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych

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  • Orysia

    This was reposted and now it is February 25, so many days of not eating. You are strong and a hero. So many people love you around the world and want you to live. Please eat something, so that you may live. You are always the hero. Much love to you. Orysia

  • Charles J. Kollman

    For what good it did Nadiya i sent a few days ago an email to The President of The Russian Federation asking him to set you free. Nadiya you are a brave women and you have made your point in this world. People need you now and in time to come. Dying now serves no point other in the fact The Snake of Snakes worn. If you live now you win don’t throw your life away to serve this snake. All those who believe in freedom should send an email to the snake.
    email address………[email protected]

  • Oknemfrod

    Nearly 50 years ago, I read, for the first time, the immortal words of Lesia Ukrainka:

    Слово, моя ти єдиная зброє,
    Ми не повинні загинуть обоє!
    Може, в руках невідомих братів
    Станеш ти кращим мечем на катів.
    Брязне клинок об залізо кайданів,
    Піде луна по твердинях тиранів,
    Стрінеться з брязкотом інших мечей,
    З гуком нових, не тюремних речей.
    Месники дужі приймуть мою зброю,
    Кинуться з нею одважно до бою…
    Зброє моя, послужи воякам
    Краще, ніж служиш ти хворим рукам!

    Now it sounds like a prophecy. Little did I know at the time that the “avengers” mentioned in the poem would be impersonated by a courageous Ukrainian girl, a true Ukrainian hero, as fearless as Lesia Ukrainka herself.

    Слава Україні!
    Героїні – слава!

    • Oknemfrod

      I guess the excerpt merits translation for the anglophone audience:

      “My only weapon, the language I cherish,
      I and my weapon shall not both perish!
      Wielded by brothers we do not yet know,
      You may do better in routing the foe.
      My blade shall sever the fetters of iron,
      Echo aloud in the forts of all tyrants.
      Let other blades also join it to bring
      Speech not from prison that loudly rings.
      Mighty avengers my blade shall encourage,
      With it they’ll rush to the battle with courage…
      Weapon, do serve with your mightness the brave,
      Better than ever my feeble hands you gave!”