Lawyer calls for global campaign in Savchenko’s defense
The lawyer of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadia Savchenko, Mark Feygin, urged the Ukrainian communities and other supporters of the most prominent hostage of Putin’s regime to take part in the third GLOBAL DAY #FreeSavchenko day on March 9, on the day of a court hearing.
"Right now there comes a climax in the fight for Nadia Savchenko. We are under time pressure because of Nadia’s hunger strike. I urge the Ukrainian communities around the world to get to the streets March 9, 2016, on the third GLOBAL DAY #FreeSavchenko in the day of the court hearing. On the day when Taras Shevchenko was born! Remember that Savchenko may not survive dry hunger strike," Feygin said during a Shuster Live TV show.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia accuses Savchenko of complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists in Donbas as well as the illegal crossing of the Russian border. Savchenko and her defense deny all accusations and claim that at the time of the death of the Russian journalists, she had already been captured by the pro-Russian militants, who then forcibly transported her into Russia.
Read alsoSavchenko says will stop hunger strike only if brought back to Ukraine "dead or alive" (message)In mid-December 2015, the Russian court extended Savchenko’s arrest until April 16. After that, she held a hunger strike in protest – the third one since her arrest in the summer of 2014.
On March 2, state prosecution demanded that the court sentence Savchenko to 23 years' imprisonment in a penal colony.
On March 3 the judge refused to give Savchenko an opportunity to present her last plea, After debate, the adjourning the hearing after the debate until March 9. In response, Savchenko said that being denied of her last plea is a violation of her rights, and declared hunger strike from March 4.