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Published in Stream:
Day 752: March 10, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Nadiya Savchenko Begins Drinking Water Again After Intervention By Poroshenko
4 years
Savchenko's Lawyer Says Letter From Poroshenko Was Forgery By Russian Security Services

Lawyers defending Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military officer abducted to Russia and currently awaiting a verdict in a show trial for murder, have announced that she is ending her dry hunger strike.

Savchenko, who had already been refusing solids for 78 days, began refusing water on Saturday, after she was cut short by a judge while giving her final speech to the court. 

Six days later, her lawyers Nikolai Polozov and Mark Feygin say that she has agreed to start drinking water again after an intervention by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Savchenko finally gave her last statement to the court in the Russian border town of Donetsk yesterday:

President Poroshenko wrote a letter to Savchenko, a copy of which was published online by Feygin, calling on her to abandon her hunger strike and even saying that he wanted her to take a place in the Cabinet of Ministers.

Been to see Nadiya. She has ended her hunger strike on the request of President Petro Poroshenko and her fellow citizens.

In comments to Interfax-Ukraine, Feygin specified that Savchenko is has resumed drinking water, but is still not accepting food.

She will not do so, he said, until the 21st or 22 of March, when the judge will announce a verdict.

-- Pierre Vaux