46 MEPs demand that Putin immediately release Nadiya Savchenko

Nadiya Savchenko is on her 9th day of hunger strike, protesting against her case she calls fabricated

Nadiya Savchenko is on her 9th day of hunger strike, protesting against her case she calls fabricated 

2016/04/14 • News

46 Members of the EU Parliament have signed a collective letter addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, demanding that he immediately free Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko. The 34-year old woman was kidnapped across the border and sentenced to 22 years of prison in a trial internationally recognized as farcial and fabricated. Protesting against her unlawful imprisonment, Ms. Savchenko is on a 120-day hunger strike and it is 9 days since she stopped drinking water. Having received intravenous drip with saline solution two days ago, she is on the margin of death. The MEPs stress that in case of a tragic outcome, Vladimir Putin will be directly responsible.

Read more: Nadiya’s case: Why the world calls to #FreeSavchenko

Strasbourg, 13 April 2016
To: Mr Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation

Mr President,
We, members of the European Parliament, address you in order to express our strong protest concerning the “trial” of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian citizen, military pilot and member of theVerkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

We want to convey to you that we will never recognise the verdict against Nadiya Savchenko, whichwe regard as illegal and fabricated.

We strongly criticise this politically-orchestrated shameful decision of the Russian court and we call on the Russian Federation to stop violating the international humanitarian law and, in particular, the Third Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 12 August 1949.

We also wish to remind you that under the Minsk Agreements the Russian Federation has agreed to the exchange of all hostages and illegally detained people on the basis of the all-to-all principle and call for its full implementation.

We remain very much concerned about an extremely fragile state of health of Nadiya Savchenko, particularly when she has decided to renew a dry hunger strike, and demand her immediate release.

We emphasize our determination to continue raising public attention to the case and draw your attention to the strong interest that a larger public has taken in the case of Nadiya Savchenko in the EU and beyond as well as the degree to which the unfair and illegal process against her has harmed the image of the Russian government abroad.

Mr President,

We point out that this is you who will be personally and directly responsible for not preventing a tragic outcome before it becomes too late.

We urge you to show due respect to your own commitments and obligations and immediately and unconditionally release Nadiya Savchenko, as well as Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kolchenko and other citizens of Ukraine illegally prisoned in Russia.

Finally, we underline that the release of these citizens of Ukraine is one of the necessary steps towards possible normalisation of the relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation.

  • Petras Auštrevičius
  • Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
  • Michał Boni
  • Benedek Jávor
  • Ivan Štefanec
  • Antanas Guoga
  • Tunne Kelam
  • Roberts Zīle
  • Ana Maria Gomes
  • Sandra Kalniete
  • Mark Demesmaeker
  • Tibor Szanyi
  • Andrej Plenković
  • Bronis Ropė
  • Michael Gahler
  • Rebecca Harms
  • Jerzy Buzek
  • Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz
  • Hans van Baalen
  • Marju Lauristin
  • Jaromír Štětina
  • Algirdas Saudargas
  • Dita Charanzová
  • Gabrielius Landsbergis
  • Luděk Niedermayer
  • Dariusz Rosati
  • Pavel Svoboda
  • Charles Tannock
  • Marian-Jean Marinescu
  • Pavel Telička
  • Danuta Maria Hübner
  • Milan Zver
  • Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea
  • Monica Macovei
  • Anna Maria Corazza Bild
  • Julie Ward
  • Tadeusz Zwiefka
  • Julia Pitera
  • Marietje Schaake
  • Sophia in ‘t Veld
  • Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy
  • Matthijs van Miltenburg
  • Marek Jurek
  • Petr Ježek
  • Fredrick Federley
  • Ramona Nicole Mănescu

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  • Brent

    I’m curious how many MEP’s there are in total and why this would not be universally signed by all. Merkl, Hollande, Rutte, Steinmeier, Sarkozy and every other European leader should be all over this and loudly condemning Russia and Putin to make amends for bring appeasers to Russia

    • Czech Mate

      exactly

  • Randolph Carter

    Brent – good questions. Why aren’t ANY EU leaders at the head of this (I don’t know them all, so forgive me if some were signatories and I didn’t recognize them)? From Wikipedia:

    “The Parliament is composed of 751 (previously 766) members, who represent the second largest democratic electorate in the world (after the Parliament of India) and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world (375 million eligible voters in 2009).”

    So 46 MEPs out of 751 is a drop in the bucket – barely 6%. I’d like to know if the other MEPs were allowed to sign, abstained, disagreed – in short, why aren’t there more names? I’d be a lot happier to see >400 names, possibly giving Putin and the Duma something to think about. As it is, the Russian government will probably just ignore the letter; they have no problem ignoring the Minsk treaties so why stop there, especially with such an anemic segment of the EU Parliament?

    I’ve given up on the EU leaders having the spine to stand up to Putin. I seem to recall Merkel and Hollande doing a complete end-run around Ukraine and dealing directly with Putin regarding some Crimean trade issue (?), so it looks like they consider Crimea being part of Russia to be a foregone conclusion. Illegally detaining Nadiya Savchenko and her comrades is just more of the same.

  • Alex George

    Good points made, but 46 is a start. Kudos to these MEPs who had the courage to stand up for what is just. The pressure needs to be kept on for more to join them.

    The Ukrainian government also needs to think about what it is doing on this issue. At least some of the lawmakers there would be happy if she never returned alive, putting it bluntly.

    Nadiya was found guilty in a farcical show trial, where the outcome was decided by Kremlin scriptwriters before it began, where the “prosecutors” and “judge” were really just actors following the script. She is a brave lady who is really taking the fight to Putin. May God protect her.

  • Czech Mate

    What we are witnessing for the past two years is the inability of a world community of free countries to deal with a ruSSian mafia bully. They let it get away with murder and now the beast is after them as well.