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Nadiya Savchenko Released from Russian Custody
May 25, 2016
Contact: Julia Sibley
Washington, D.C.— A prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia has resulted in the release of Ukrainian military pilot and parliamentarian, Nadiya Savchenko, from Russian detention. After a trial marked by questionable proceedings and Savchenko's hunger strikes, she was wrongly convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison on charges involving the ongoing fighting in Eastern Ukraine.
WDN Director Valerie Dowling is in Ukraine today and reflected on Savchenko’s release.
“The Women’s Democracy Network welcomes news that Nadiya Savchenko has been released from Russian custody. Savchenko is a powerful voice in support of democracy and freedom in Ukraine and exemplifies women’s critical contributions in the fight for justice and reform worldwide,” Dowling said.
“We celebrate her release and look forward to her continued courageous actions in support of a democratic Ukraine.”