Nadiya Savchenko: I am the only free person here, even behind bars

Nadiya Savchenko in Basmanny court on April 17, 2015

Nadiya Savchenko in Basmanny court on April 17, 2015 


Article by: Jeffrey Stephaniuk

On 17 April 2015, the Basmanny court in Moscow once again refused to dismiss Nadiya Savchenko’s case, refusing to settle an appeal by her lawyers. The 33-year old pilot had been kidnapped on Ukrainian territory in June 2014 and has been imprisoned in Russia ever since. Nadiya gave a speech at the court, recorded by Vladimir Shreidler and translated by Voices of Ukraine.

In response to Putin’s recent claim on television about what a great job he is doing promoting the Russian language in Ukraine, Savchenko compared that statement to the embargo against her: absolutely no Ukrainian language letters of support are allowed to get past the censor to her.

On the topic of his flattering description of the Russian economy: “If the president of Russia believes, even sincerely, that Russians are well off, he is an idiot. If he expects Russians to believe that they are living well, he is a vile human being.”

Savchenko shared her fond memories of the May 9th parades to commemorate “the great Patriotic War,” and said that she often thanked the veterans and listened to their combat stories.

However, she added that “It is not possible to deceive people into living in the past.” In other words, the remembrance of victory from one particular war cannot be equated with whitewashing how difficult life is today economically. “People see how hard their lives are.” She added sarcastically that if the opposite were really true, then “I am happy that you live well in Russia.”

“But I see that you are not able to speak freely…. You are living like in the times of the KGB or the repression. I am still a free person, even behind these bars,” she said, reaching out to grab the prison bars. “In fact, I am the only free person here. I have the right to speak.”

When she was taken to another place under guard, she stated, “I will let you make your own conclusions about what I have said. To all Russians everywhere, I send my greetings.”

Nadiya Savchenko is accused of killing two Russian journalists eastern Ukraine. Despite a large body of evidence by Nadiya’s defence proving her innocence, the investigation refused to release her or even replace her pretrial detention with house arrest. Nadiya declared a hunger strike in protest, which lasted for 83 days, after which she agreed to take amounts of food in order to sustain her life. According to an affidavit written by a lawyer in international law, Russia commits war crimes by the ongoing detention of Nadiya Savchenko.

Edited by: Alya Shandra

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  • rgb

    What a strong, brave woman in the face of corruption within the Putin administration. Slava Ukraine!

  • Dalton

    Outstanding young lady and true honorable representation of the Ukrainian people.

  • Oknemfrod

    Ото Надійка, оце Киянка!
    Врізала катам словом поміж рогів, як ніхто, – та й ще вишуканою українською.
    Здається, нібито перейняла естафету просто від Лесі Українки:

    “Слово, чому ти не твердая криця,
    Що серед бою так гостро іскриться?
    Чом ти не гострий, безжалісний меч,
    Той, що здійма вражі голови з плеч?

    Слово, моя ти єдиная зброє,
    Ми не повинні загинуть обоє!
    Може, в руках невідомих братів
    Станеш ти кращим мечем на катів.”

    Слава Героїні !

  • Murf

    Funny how they are not charging her for that. Just some BS “Crossing the boarder” nonsense. To prove she “murdered” them as opposed to collateral damage they would have to prove she knew they were civilians and deliberately targeted them specifically. Unless they tortured a confession out of her that will be unlikely. The fact that they were near legitimate military targets(separatists troops) pretty much means means she is in the clear anyway. Which is why she has not been tried.

    • Milton Devonair

      You aren’t wrong, you’re just a russian or one of their “useful idiots”.
      So we humans laugh at you and your little cesspool of a country.
      Are you s*cking radiator fluid out of vehicles yet or is putin cutting prices on cheap vodka….again?

      • Milton Devonair

        I know you’re posts are soviet-russian quality stupid, but we appreciate laughing at you.
        Try to state that she was working for NATO and wanted to steal all the oil for president bush, and, ah, work in something about ‘jews’ or nazis and you’ll be quite russian like.

  • Milton Devonair

    lol, whatever you say boris. Now that the ruble is further down to the level of toilet paper, are you getting more than 12,000 of them for carrying daddy vlady putin’s water?

  • Oknemfrod

    Anyone with a single wrinkle inside the head would have by now understood the trumped-up nature of these “charges” and the outrageousness of her “case”. This is what is sick about it. If you don’t understand it, it makes you mentally feeble. This is sick, too.

  • Czech Friend

    I still don’t understand under what jurisdiction does one state have a right to persecute a citizen of a different soverign state for an alleged crime “commited” at the territory of that state WITHOUT the consent of authorities of the state.

    And this even without the context of war crminal Putler illegal invasion? Just why? How?!

    • Milton Devonair

      same jurisdiction that allowed him to destroy Chechnya and occupy Dagestan and Inushetia, invade and occupy a portion of Georgia, same jurisdiction that let him invade and colonize Crimea, same one that lets him try and steal the eastern half of Ukraine with his russian rapists, kidnappers, looters and drunken degenerates:

      no one has killed enough of them yet to make them change their mind and accept it when humans say “no thanks”.

    • Lev Havryliv

      Putin has never concerned himself with the niceties of the rule of law. He is an old KGB thug.

      My question is how did Russia allow such an odious creature to become leader?

  • Lev Havryliv

    Russia is trying to crush Nadia Savchenko because she is a symbol of Ukraine’s struggle for liberty and independence. A symbol of honor, courage and defiance of Russian barbarism.

    Russia has being trying to destroy Ukraine for a long time. It will never succeed in this. There are tens of millions of Savchenkos.

    I salute our hero Nadia Savchenko. Her memory will be cherished long after Putin has joined fellow imperialist tyrants in the gutter of history.