Comité Représentatif
de la Communauté Ukrainienne en France

Open Dialog Foundation : Political prisoners, territorial annexation, support of terrorism - Russia's violation of international laws in Ukraine crisis

A side-event which will take place next Wednesday, 28 January 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 at the Palais de l'Europe, PACE in the Meeting room 3.


  • The President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Mrs Lyudmyla Kozlovska, will present our recent report on the violation of international laws and obligations by the Russian Federation.
  • Mr Mark Feygin, lawyer of Nadia Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, MP and delegate to PACE illegally imprisoned in Russia, will present the details of her case.

The side-event is kindly hosted by MP Pieter Omtzigt, EPP & MP Frank Schwabe, SOC

Background information:

The Russian Federation violated the postwar security system in Europe after the annexation of the Crimea and the military invasion into the territory of eastern Ukraine and has set a dangerous precedent in terms of the redrawing of state boundaries in the 21st century.

Flagrant disregard of international law on the part of the government of Russia has led to large- scale tragic consequences primarily for Ukraine, but also for the greater international community.

Nadia Savchenko is a Ukrainian pilot, and now also a newly elected MP and a delegate to PACE. She was a member of a volunteer battalion in the East of Ukraine when she was taken hostage in June 2014 by the pro-Russian terrorist groups. She was subsequently transferred to Russia, where after a week-long unofficial detention under armed guards in a hotel, she was officially detained and arrested on 30 June 2014.

Since her detention, the international community has been continuously calling for her release, indicating that her detention is a gross violation of international laws and conventions to which Russia is a signatory. The Russian renown NGO Memorial called Nadia Savchenko a political prisoner. Since December 2015, Nadia Savchenko has been on hunger strike, demanding to be released.