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Reply of Russian Commissioner for Human Rights to the open letter of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights

16 January 2015

Dear Ms Lutkovskaya,

Having no wish for confrontational exchange instead of working within the framework of our well-established relations, unfortunately, I am forced to reply in the same open letter manner.

As always, I have carefully treated your appeal and did my best to assist with arranging the meeting of Nadezhda Savchenko and her sister Vera in Russia.

On 15 January, that is before your open letter was published, I had received official authorisation of the Russian Investigative Committee for the requested meeting. I have to note that your staff was informed about my corresponding applications to the Russian authorities in the course of phone conversation yesterday.

Today, on 16 January, I have received the relevant authorisation of the Border Service of Russia for Vera Savchenko to enter the territory of the Russian Federation. Since I have failed to get in touch with you, I have immediately informed Vera Savchenko herself.

I am ready to provide all the necessary assistance to Ms Savchenko and accompany her, if she consents, as soon as she decides on the date and time of her arrival to Moscow.

In fact, the extremely complicated problem of dealing with various Russian state bodies was successfully solved within less than four days. In this view, I am surprised with your challenging approach to this issue.

I firmly believe that the protection of interests of our countries’ citizens rather than publicity-seeking should prevail in dealing with such difficult and important issues.

 

Yours sincerely,

Ella Pamfilova
Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation

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