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Ukraine Live Day 343
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Kyiv Post reports:

On Jan. 26, activists in Kyiv held a performance in a protest against imprisonment of Ukrainian female officer Nadiya Savchenko, 33, in a Russian prison.

A volunteer of the Aidar Battalion, she was captured on June 17 in Luhansk Oblast, refused to cooperate with Kremlin-backed separatists and illegally taken to Russia in what supporters says are trumped-up charges of being involved in the murders of two Russian journalists in the Donbas war. Savchenko denies all the accusations and is currently on the hunger strike.

RFE/RL adds that the Russian State Duma's speaker, Sergei Naryshkin, has refused to intervene and says that only the court system will judge Savchenko:

Naryshkin, speaking on January 25 after a meeting with Brasseur, said Savchenko's fate was up to Russia's courts.

Naryshkin said, "Only an investigation and the court can establish guilt; and if guilt is not proven, then she will be freed."

Critics say Russian courts do the Kremlin's bidding.

Savchenko is charged with the murder of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. However, Savchenko is a pilot, and those journalists were killed by shelling, and thus almost-certainly had no role in their deaths. Furthermore, Savchenko is considered by most of the international community to be a prisoner of a war, meaning that she may have been kidnapped to Russia specifically to face these charges.

The OSCE Permanent Council is meeting now and will be discussing Savchenko, according to the U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE:

According to RFE/RL, Savchenko has lost 14 kilograms (more than 30 pounds) since the start of her hunger strike:
-- James Miller