Nadiya Savchenko declares hunger strike

Nadiya Savchenko vowed to go on a hunger strike starting March 3rd after the Donetsk City Court in the Rostov region announced that she would not be given a chance to make her final closing statement during a hearing on Thursday, Dozhd reported.

"If I am not allowed to have the last word, I will start a dry hunger strike tomorrow," Savchenko claimed, Interfax reported.

The court postponed her final closing statement until March 9th.

The day before, the prosecutor’s office asked that the court sentence Savchenko to 23 years in prison.

Nadiya Savchenko has been charged with the murder of two Russian journalists as well as charges of attempted murder of members of the separatists group and of illegally crossing the Russian border.  It is widely believed that Savchenko was in fact captured by Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) separatists in eastern Ukraine and was illegally transported to Russia, where the case was fabricated against her.

  Ukraine, Russia, political prisoners