The rally in support of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko, suspected by Russia of involvement in the deaths of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) journalists near Luhansk, took place near the General Prosecutor's Office in Moscow. Blogger Philip Kireev reported on his Twitter Thursday, Dec. 25, Censor.NET informs citing Dozhd TV channel.
According to him, the action lasted for about a minute. The police did not detain anyone.
The pictures show that the protesters are carrying flares burning with blue and yellow fire. One poster read "Nadiia Savchenko - hostage of the Kremlin junta."
Similar action took place earlier, on Nov. 26. Then, 11 people gathered near the State Duma building . The rally lasted for about two minutes, after which the participants dispersed. The police arrested no one at the time.
The Ukrainian pilot is forcibly held in Russia after being kidnapped in the Luhansk region in June. She is accused of involvement in the murder of two VGTRK journalists who died in June during the Russian aggression in the Donbas. She is detained until Feb. 13, 2015 for the time of investigation.
Savchenko categorically denies all charges. She was elected deputy from Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna party in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry insists that Savchenko is held illegally. The EU and the U.S. call on to release Savchenko.
The pilot has been on hunger strike since Dec. 15.