By Nadiya Savchenko, via Ilya Novikov(lawyer)
Translated by Maria Stanislav and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Today marks ONE YEAR since Nadiya Savchenko was taken captive by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine and kidnapped to Russia, where she has been detained ever since despite her hunger strike in protest and the outcry of the international community.
Nadiya’s letter, written on the first anniversary of her captivity, was tweeted by her attorney Ilya Novikov.
“To the people.
Today is 06.17.2015.
Today, it has been a year since I became the Kremlin’s hostage, captured by pro-Russian separatists, kidnapped by the Russian special services, taken to the territory of the Russian Federation, illegally and against my will, and am being unlawfully detained in Russian prisons.
This has been a year of shame and dishonor for Russia, whose government is showing that they don’t give a damn about any human rights in Russia, about International Law, or about justice.
After these acts by the Russian government, one should not take offence and whine when the civilized democratic world treats Russia lukewarmly and without trust. A state where dictatorship and totalitarianism flourish cannot expect any other attitude!
It has also been a year of fighting! A year when Ukrainians, as well as honest and conscientious people in Russia and the world, fought – not only for me, but for peace in Ukraine.
This has been a year of my own fight, not only for my freedom, but for the FREEDOM, PEACE and integrity of my homeland – Ukraine, and for the dignified life of my people – Ukrainians!
Thank you for not leaving me on my own during this difficult year!
I promise that I will remain loyal to you until the last day of my life!
Source: Ilya Novikov twitter