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Savchenko court bans photos on 27th day of hunger strike, rejects more defence evidence

14.01.16 | Halya Coynash

From the photo tweeted by lawyer Ilya Novikov

Crimean Political Prisoners Oleg Sentsov & Oleksandr Kolchenko have passed letters of greetings and support to Nadiya Savchenko, whose trial resumed in the Russian city of Donetsk on Jan 13, Nadiyas 27th day on hunger strike. According to one of her lawyers, Ilya Novikov, the court has refused to allow videos and photography in the courtroom, probably because of mounting concern about the 34-year-old former military pilot, now Ukrainian MPs health

Both letters, made public by Nadiyas sister Vera, are brief but to the point. Oleksandr Kolchenko writes in Ukrainian with New Year and Christmas Greetings.

I wish you the earliest release from this enemy captivity and for the moment as much strength and resilience as possible. I am sure they cant break you!. He signs off until we meet in Ukraine.

Oleg Sentsov greets Nadyusha (a warm diminutive form) with the festive days that have already passed, and writes:

I wish you just one thing freedom and victory. That may be two words but their meaning for us is one!.

Take care! I wont try to persuade you to eat, you know what youre doing, but I so dont want you to suffer theyre just not worth that! Glory to Ukraine!

Nadiya Savchenko declared hunger strike on Dec 17 in protest at the latest extension of her detention. Her lawyer Nikolai Polozov has reported that she has lost 15 kilograms, and is experiencing pancreatic pain and nausea.

The lawyers also report that the court has once again refused to add evidence to the case, this time proving that Savchenko was taken by force from Ukraine to Russia with the active involvement of Igor Plotnytsky, now leader of the so-called Luhansk peoples republic and Russian investigators, including FSB colonel Sergei Pochechuyev (more details about the appearance in court, wig and all, here: Savchenko Trial turns into Insultingly Absurd Pantomime ).

It is an indicator of the political nature of this trial that evidence of Savchenkos alibi and material showing up the prosecutions case, has been consistently rejected by Leonid Stepanenko, the presiding judge

Nadiya Savchenko was taken prisoner in the morning of June 17, 2014, several hours before Voloshin and journalist Igor Kornelyuk came under mortar fire while reporting from an area in the Luhansk oblast where there was heavy fighting.

She was captured by Kremlin-backed militants who even posted a video of her being interrogated. It first became clear that she was in Russia when a court in the Voronezh oblast (nowhere near where the trial is now taking place) remanded her in custody.

For a long time the Russian investigators were silent about Savchenkos abduction. Then they claimed that she had escaped and inexplicably crossed the border into Russia. The final version is that the militants themselves released her, after which she allegedly hurtled towards the Russian border, covering a huge distance in an hour and a half.

The investigators version is that she crossed the border illegally pretending to be a refugee, and that she was stopped initially in a routine check of papers.The Investigative Committee responded with particular cynicism to the demand from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (which Savchenko is now a delegate of) by adding another charge of having crossed the border illegally.

As mentioned the charges are now of murder and attempted murder. The prosecution has failed to find the binoculars with which Savchenko is supposed to have seen the journalists 3 and a half kilometres away and the equipment with which she is alleged to have informed Ukrainian soldiers of their whereabouts. And she has an alibi.

Please write to Nadiya Savchenko, if possible, in Russian. Theaddressis:

-3 346408 .

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Photo: Anton Naumlyuk

Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenkoare currently in a transit remand prison, and it is not known where they will be sent. Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years, Kolchenko 10 for a totally non-existent terrorist plot

Please see and share the details about this politically motivated prosecution of four Crimean opponents of Russias invasion and annexation of Crimea

Oppose Russian Occupation of Crimea & Face 20 Years for Terrorism

Please write to the men!


, 1976 .. post.rozuznik[at]gmail.com


, 1989 .. post.rozuznik[at]gmail.com

Gennady Afanasyev

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see also:
Maria Savchenko: Help Save My Daughter
Nadiya Savchenko declares total hunger strike, prohibits any forced feeding or tests
Savchenko: You havent broken me & you wont. I am no object for bargaining
Savchenko recognizes Kremlin man among her abductors
Savchenko Court rejects documentary proof of innocence
No Swift End to Russias Trial of Nadiya Savchenko
Savchenko defence reject any appeal against expected guilty verdict
Nadiya Savchenko promised a harsh sentence
Russian court refuses to reveal testimony from Nadiya Savchenkos militant captor
Nadiya Savchenkos book confiscated on border as suspicious literature
Savchenkos Kremlin-backed militant captor allowed to give testimony in secret
Imitating a Trial: Lies & Selective Testimony in the Savchenko Hearings
Useless evidence, managed amnesia & mystery witness in Savchenko trial
Savchenko Trial turns into Insultingly Absurd Pantomime
Savchenko returned if Ukraine recognizes a predetermined sentence