Russian human rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova is trying to convince Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko to end her hunger strike, saying she will be visiting her in the detention facility in person.
"Of course, I was with her all the time, I believe she has proven everything to everyone already and I am trying to convince her not to starve herself, like all normal people," Pamfilova told a press conference in the Interfax central office on Wednesday.
Pamfilova reiterated that she has no right to intervene in the investigative process at this point.
"I am following everything, but I will visit her when she wants me to. There is no point visiting her now. It's important to me that her mother and sister, the people who could support her and convince her to end her hunger strike, can come to see her. I link my visits to expediency," Pamfilova said.
"Of course, all the information on her from the Federal Penitentiary Service and many of my employees comes to me, as information about many other prisoners who are also on hunger strikes, but who don't interest anyone," she said.
Anatoly Rudyi, first deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, earlier said prison doctors still have no concerns about the condition of Savchenko, who is charged with abetting the killing of Russian journalists.
It was reported on Monday that Savchenko said in a letter to Ukrainians and her friends from Russia that she would continue her hunger strike until she was released from the remand center and placed under house arrest at the Ukrainian Consulate in Russia at the very least. She also demanded that a ban stopping her from attending a court session on March 26 due to her health condition be lifted.
A photo of Savchenko's letter was posted on the Twitter account of Ukraine's Batkivschyna party.
Savchenko went on hunger strike on December 12, 2014 to protest her arrest. On March 5, 2015, she agreed to consume broth after her condition deteriorated. On March 16, she resumed her hunger strike, insisting on her release from custody.
"I separately raised the issue of Nadiya Savchenko. As is known, I have sent a letter to President Putin with the message that Nadiya Savchenko should be immediately freed, including for medical reasons, and I asked the [Italian] prime minister to raise this issue and help resolve this extremely sensitive and painful problem," Poroshenko told journalists.
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