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    March 12, 2016

    "She's a Mercenary": Banner Hung in Moscow With Portraits of Savchenko and Murdered Journalists

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    12th March, 2016




    The Rostov region is hosting the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who is suspected of being involved in the murder of VGTRK journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.

    Savchenko: "I would take more grenades!"

    In Ukraine, acting in defense of the activists attacking the Russian diplomatic mission, her lawyer, Feygin, urged Internet users to actively express their support by promoting the "Twitter" hashtag: "Freedom to Savchenko!"

    In particular, activists demanded Savchenko's freedom at the building of the Russian Embassy in Kiev this week, throwing bottles with green paint, eggs and stones, breaking windows, and on the night of March 10th, threw Molotov cocktails into the building .

    Savchenko recently answered her "fans" questions, which were given to her lawyer, with the response being published on his Facebook page. To the question: "If Nadezhda had the chance to live that day again, would she have done something differently?", Savchenko said, "Yes! She would have taken more grenades!"

    There were other, equally as radical, statements by the Ukrainian army, which have outraged the citizens of Russia, including famous people. However, for the defenders of Savchenko, including for the administration of Facebook, a different view is unacceptable.

    Facebook was scared of the commentary of poetess Yunna Moritz

    For example, Facebook has blocked the comment of the famous Russian poetess Yunna Moritz, who "dared" to resent the expressed intention of Nadezhda Savchenko to "twist Russia into a ram's horn", and wrote that "the dead are not able to declare a hunger strike".

    Although removed from Facebook, this text is, however, still available on the website of the poetess. Well, after the decision of the social network to "erase" journalism about Savchenko, the great poet responded with the following lines:

    "Don't threaten me with despondency and boredom,
    I was blocked by Facebook management...
    It seems possible that the axe can
    chop off what I had written with a pen..."

    This poem was today fully published on the website "Komsomolskaya Pravda".

    Glavplakat: "Nadezhda Savchenko is guilty of their death"

    Activists of the movement "Glavplakat" today expressed their attitude towards Savchenko. In Moscow, near the Central House of journalists, on March 11th, they put up a banner that depicts the portrait of the gunner of the "Aidar" battalion, Nadezhda Savchenko, as well as the portraits of the murdered Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.

    "Liberal Russian and foreign media actively disseminated materials that speak about the illegal trial of a fighter for the rights of Ukrainians — innocent Nadezhda Savchenko," read the statement of the authors of the poster. "She is a mercenary, who voluntarily participated in a single military conflict and had repeatedly killed people. The evidence of the investigating authorities in her case is more than convincing. We hope for a just verdict for the woman who participated in the deliberate murder of our citizens".

    Fake and Feygin

    Yesterday, Savchenko and her lawyer, Mark Feygin, became the subject of the Russian pranksters, known as Vovan and Lexus. They did a whole special operation to deliver, through Feygin, "a letter to Savchenko from Poroshenko".
    In it, "the President" asked Savchenko to stop the dry hunger strike, wrote about how she is needed in the country, and promised her a place in the new composition of the Ukrainian government.

    This letter was posted on Feygin's social networks, but then it was removed and reported that it was a "hackers attack".

    However, at this point Savchenko announced the end of the hunger strike, and after some time, the Press Secretary of Poroshenko denied the reports that the President of Ukraine had sent such a letter.

    Then Feygin had to find a way out of the uncomfortable situation. In the beginning, he said that he was "attacked by pranksters", and after that the Kremlin "discredited them."

    Now Savchenko's lawyer, liberally using profanity on his microblog in regards to the prankersters, tries to convince the Ukrainian press that the recording of his conversation with the prankersters is fake. However, the question remains: why, then, initially, did he publish "the letter from Poroshenko" on his pages on social networks?

    Meanwhile, the recording of Prankster Lexus with the lawyer Mark Feygin, and Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, was broadcasted on the radio station "Moscow speaking", and has been posted on YouTube:




    Prosecutor: Savchenko played an important role in the battle

    The investigation believes that the officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Nadezhda Savchenko, on 17th June 2014, was in the "Aidar" battalion near the village of Metalist (Lugansk region). There, she led covert surveillance and the correction of artillery fire on the area of the Lugansk militia checkpoint where there were civilians. The Russian journalists from VGTRK, correspondents Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, were stationed here. During the attack they were killed.

    The Prosecutor is convinced that the evidence collected by the investigative bodies confirms the investigators' version of events, that Savchenko played an important role in the battle, performing the correction of artillery fire.

    The Prosecution demands a sentence of 23 years of imprisonment for Savchenko; the lawyers and the defendant insist on her innocence. Sentencing by the court of Donetsk of the Rostov region is scheduled for March 21st-22nd.

    The day before, "Russia 24" devoted an episode of "Facts" to Savchenko as the "brand" of Europe:




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