STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON Russian Court’s Unjust Verdict against Nadiya Savchenko (March 22)

The conviction and sentencing of Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years imprisonment show a blatant disregard for the principles of justice and contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements.

For nearly two years, Russia has unjustly detained Savchenko on charges that have no basis in fact and has denied her the basic protections of the rule of law.  She has reportedly endured interrogation, solitary confinement, and forced “psychiatric evaluation.”

Nadiya Savchenko deserves to go home to her family and friends and to join her colleagues in the Rada in building a better future for their country.  We reiterate our call on Russia to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko and other unlawfully detained persons.