The "Savchenko list", created by the Open Dialog Foundation, has been considered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

  • 27.03.2015
  • Author: Michał Domachowski

The "Savchenko list", created by the Open Dialog Foundation, has been considered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Our document comprises persons involved in the kidnapping, unlawful detainment, fabrication of charges and defamation of a Ukrainian PACE delegate and People’s Deputy of the Supreme Council of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko. The list includes 66 persons, most of whom are citizens of Russia.

We sent the list to Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Affairs Minister. The Ministry responded, thanking the Foundation for its contribution towards the efforts aimed at setting Nadiya free, and expressed its hope for further cooperation. In its letter, the Ministry also stated that certain types of sanctions had already been imposed upon almost 20 percent of the persons listed. The work of ODF’s Polish-Ukrainian team which drew up the Savchenko List is an important contribution towards bringing about Nadiya Savchenko’s release.

It is gratifying that the work of NGOs is appreciated by the authorities, especially since such cooperation might tangibly improve the situation.

Find the content of the letter which we have received from Ukrainian MFA:

I am grateful to the Open Dialog Foundation for its contribution towards efforts aimed at releasing Nadiya Savchenko and for its assistance in compiling a list of persons involved in her unlawful kidnapping and subsequent prosecution.

Along with other practical efforts which are being made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, lawyers and the civil society, implementing restrictive measures against these persons is one of the important elements of influence exerted in the course of this fabricated trial. Among other things, the European Council and Ukraine have already imposed certain types of sanctions upon almost 20 percent of Russian citizens featured in the list submitted by the Foundation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine continues to cooperate with international partners; it has reached an interim agreement in terms of consideration of the propositions.  At the same time, we are working on the implementation of restrictions upon them within the framework of Article 4 (“On Sanctions”) of Ukrainian Law.

I look forward to further cooperation with the Foundation.