RESOLUTION ON

ABDUCTED AND ILLEGALLY DETAINED UKRAINIAN CITIZENS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    1. Recalling the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Resolution on Clear, Gross and Uncorrected Violations of Helsinki Principles by the Russian Federation, containing inter alia the Assembly’s call on the Russian Federation to end its intervention in Ukraine and to bring itself into compliance with the Helsinki principles in its relations with Ukraine and with all other participating States,

    2. Reiterating its call on participating States to co-operate with international institutions like the OSCE to help ensure that, in the future, there will be no political prisoners in the OSCE area, as envisaged by the OSCE PA Baku Declaration, adopted at the 23rd Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly,

    3. Emphasizing that according to the Minsk Agreements, notably the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014 and the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of 12 February 2015, all hostages and unlawfully detained persons must be released, which includes those who have been abducted from the Ukrainian territory and are illegally detained in Russia,

    4. Recalling that the right to a fair trial is guaranteed by each State, and attempts to use justice as a tool for political pressure undermines the credibility of the judicial system as a whole,

    5. Expressing concern on the illegal detention and retention of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko;

    6. Taking note of the deterioration of the health of Nadiya Savchenko due to her illegal detention in the Russian Federation,

    7. Noting that the release of a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Nadiya Savchenko, as a person enjoying international diplomatic immunities and exemption from arrest and prosecution, remains a legal obligation of the Russian Federation under Article 15 of the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Strongly condemns the abduction of Ukrainian citizens from the territory of Ukraine, including Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and others, their illegal transfer across the Ukrainian-Russian state border and further detention in the Russian Federation;

    2. Considers that these actions by the Russian Federation, as well as criminal prosecutions of those Ukrainian citizens, are illegal and illegitimate as they constitute a flagrant violation of norms of international law in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms and OSCE principles and commitments, as well as running counter to the commitments undertaken by the Russian Federation under the Minsk Agreements in September 2014 and February 2015;

    3. Deplores that the Russian Federation continues to ignore its legal obligations under the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe by holding Nadiya Savchenko behind bars;

    4. Emphasizes that efforts to open new criminal cases against Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in the Russian Federation are unacceptable;

    5. Condemns politically motivated persecutions against defenders of Nadiya Savchenko;

    6. Calls on the Russian Federation to strictly abide by the norms and principles of international law, the OSCE principles and commitments, the Minsk Agreements and to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian citizens that are illegally detained in Russia, as well as to ensure their safe return to Ukraine;

    7. Encourages the Members of the Parliamentary Delegation of the Russian Federation to the OSCE PA to facilitate their immediate release;

    8. Urges the OSCE Chairmanship, OSCE Institutions and the participating States to take vigorous efforts and use all instruments available to facilitate the release of all abducted and illegally detained Ukrainian citizens who have become political prisoners in Russia.