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 

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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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