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2016.03.10 09:19

Lithuanian protesters call on immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko

Algirdas Acus 2016.03.10 09:19

A group of protesters staged a demonstration nearby Russian embassy in Lithuanian capital Vilnius urging Russia to release Savchenko.

A group of protesters staged a demonstration nearby Russian embassy in Lithuanian capital Vilnius urging Russia to release Savchenko.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius confirmed that Lithuania and four other countries have suggested that the European Union should make a so-called Nadiya Savchenko list. The list could impose sanctions on Russian officials responsible for prosecution of the Ukrainian pilot.

According to Linkevičius, the initiative is supported by ministers of Sweden, Great Britain, Romania and Poland who will shortly present the proposal to EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Moscow accuses Savchenko, 34-year-old female Ukrainian pilot, of killing two Russian journalists during the 2014 fighting in Eastern Ukraine – if found guilty, Savchenko would face up to 23 years in prison.

Savchenko’s lawyer presented evidence that she had been captured before the Russian journalists were killed. Savchenko refuses to accept food and water after the court last Thursday adjourned its hearing where the defendant was to make her final statements.
 

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Shots of the protesters

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

VILIJA ALEKNAITĖ ABRAMIKIENĖ, conservative politician, Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:
Unfortunately Russian law enforcement lies and does not pay attention to facts. It has a political objective to strike fear into Ukrainian fighters and society. It wants to show that the facts or evidence do not matter, and it will persecute anyone who totalitarian Russian law wants to punish.

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