Why we should ignore Savchenko

Photo: Roman Tsymbaliuk

Photo: Roman Tsymbaliuk 

2016/10/27 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

From the moment that Savchenko’s plane landed at Boryspil airport, we needed to stop thinking about her and her attempts to live up to her own image and, instead, to focus on those remaining in Putin’s dungeons.

The appearance of deputy Nadiya Savchenko in the Russian capital has provoked mixed emotions, as is often the case with the former hostage. On the one hand, it is significant that Savchenko came to the trial and supported our prisoners (Ukrainians Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpiuk, charged with killing Russian nationals during the Chechen War, 20 years ago — Ed.) at a difficult time. On the other hand, how did she even manage to appear in Moscow?

It is obvious how. In order for Savchenko to be able to cross the Russian border and to stay peacefully in Moscow, a special decision by the Russian leadership was required. And the personal approval of President Vladimir Putin. Naturally, without it Savchenko simply would have been stopped while still at the airport. And there should be no doubt about how these decisions are made. And neither should there be any doubt about why they are made.

For Putin, Savchenko is a person that can become a factor in destabilizing Ukraine — a “live bomb.” And if people are beginning to forget her, then why not remind them.

On the other hand, why shouldn’t Nadiya Savchenko herself exploit the situation that allows her to come to the trial? Or should she begin thinking about the plans Putin has in store for her?

Savchenko’s opponents will say that she should take all the factors into account. This is why she is a deputy and a politician. But this is tricky as well.

Savchenko is no politician. She is a tired women who threw herself into politics the day after she was released from prison. She is just learning to be a politician and perhaps will never become one. We can think of quite a few deputies who have a rather conditional attitude toward politics.

And when it comes to the post of deputy, the addition of Nadiya Savchenko to the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party list and then to the delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was primarily an important element in her defense. And, incidentally, it worked.

Savchenko is free while almost all the other Ukrainian hostages are still being held by the Kremlin. Ukrainian voters voted for Nadiya as Putin’s hostage, and they were right to do so.

But to expect that the released hostage would become a responsible politician with the wave of a magic wand is also irresponsible.

Ilie Ilașcu, a prisoner in the Transnistrian torture chambers, who was elected by his compatriots to the parliament of Moldova, left his country altogether after release and became a Romanian senator. But his countrymen had saved his life, and is this not enough? Is it not enough that our solidarity helped Nadia Savchenko regain freedom?

But from the moment that the plane with the freed hostage landed at the Boryspil airport, we needed to stop thinking about Savchenko and her attempts to live up to her own image and, instead, to focus on those remaining in Putin’s dungeons. It is better to channel our energy and emotions for these people.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Karl Ramboz

    She’s a politician now. Nobody should ignore politicians. Why the hate?

    To expect an “experienced” politician to do what’s good for Ukraine, historically, has been a failure of thinking. Who paid you to write this garbage?

  • Turtler

    I swear some days it’s like this site is trying to destroy all the respect I have for it. The mindless Trump bashing and shilling for a proven criminal is the most obvious. But this… if anything rubs me worse.

    I personally do not like John McCain. I opposed him for most of my political life and when I supported him I only did so very grudgingly. In my opinion he is petty, a backstabber, a hand biter, and yes perhaps corrupt. I try to pay as little attention to him as I can. But if there is one thing I have NEVER advocated rejecting him on, it is because of his POW status or him suddenly becoming inconvenient.

    You on the other hand? This blog spent untold tons of digital ink chronicling Nadia’s adversity and supporting her, but now when she appears somewhere you do not approve (not even doing something you disapprove of, oh no no no, just appearing somewhere) you go and SPIT on her? Cast aside it? Advocate people stop paying attention to her because through the grace of GOD and millions of supporters she happens to be free?

    That is sickening. Apparently you guys were always more interested in Nadia the Martyr than Nadia the human being, while ignoring the fact that the only reason her imprisonment is worth talking about was BECAUSE it was an indefensible crime against a real person.

    So let me be blunt here. If she is a loyal Ukrainian politician you do not happen to agree with, give her the respect she deserves for her service then and now.

    If she is a puppet of Putin, confront her and expose her.

    But for the love of GOD stop pussyfooting around and hurling innuendos like this because it’s unspeakably petty and slimy.

    • Karl Ramboz

      Brillaintly said. I did a double take when I saw this opinion piece.

  • Alex George

    The first sentence cannot be gainsaid – the priority now should be securing the release of all the other prisoners held by Putin. There are many of them.

    Nadia will always be honoured for her extreme courage as a prisoner, regardless of her success or otherwise as a politician. She practically forced Putin to order her release – very few inmates of Russian prisons ever manage that .