PACE President: ‘Time is running out for Nadiia Savchenko’

“Time is running out to spare the life of Nadiia Savchenko,” the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur said today, appealing to the Russian authorities to show compassion for the Ukrainian pilot turned parliamentarian and PACE member who is on hunger strike in a Moscow prison.

“If for no other reason, the Russian authorities should make a humanitarian gesture to save the life of Ms Savchenko. This week we celebrate in Strasbourg the 25th Anniversary of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). I cannot think of a more fitting contribution to this by the Russian authorities than the compassionate release of Ms Savchenko.”