While in our country the majority of women celebrate the spring day and the International Women's Day - March 8, it is worth remembering the stories of those women who are unfairly persecuted and oppressed.
It is about Ukrainian Irina Savitskaya, who is in the colony for the ninth month in Rustavi, pending the extradition to Ukraine on charges of Ukrainian authorities.
Lawyers insist that the charges are falsified and are part of a campaign of political persecution of the Ukrainian oppositionist. Nevertheless, in Georgia, a very specific person - a single mother who brings up an autistic teenager - has become a hostage to this political struggle.
Hostage of political games
Almost two years have passed since Irina Savitskaya was put on the wanted list in Ukraine on charges of fraud. She is credited with an attempt to take possession of the property of the supermarket chain "ATB" for about $ 4 million. In fact, Irina worked as an accountant in one of the chains of supplier companies. And when "ATB" did not want to return money for the goods delivered, she was engaged in the preparation of papers to resolve a business dispute in court.
In "ATB" considered these actions to be fraudulent and filed an application for a criminal offense. As a result, at the time when Irina was on a working trip to Georgia, she was put on the international wanted list. After that, the woman decided to stay in Georgia, because political persecution awaited for her in her homeland.
According to lawyers, the key task, which is set to law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, is Iryna's signature of the absence of debt at “ATB”. In addition, lawyers say, they also intend to force false testimony against people's deputy Sergei Rybalki, a member of the faction of the opposition Radical Party.
The reason for the big conflict is a personal confrontation between the owner of ATB Gennady Butkevich and Sergei Rybalki (his family runs the business where Irina worked) and the general political pressure on the oppositionists in Ukraine through law enforcement agencies.
In particular, in an interview with the American edition of The Washington Times, former Ukrainian prosecutor Dmitry Sus told how investigators and prosecutors in the special department of the Prosecutor General's Office intentionally falsified criminal cases against Sergei Rybalki. By the way, this same publication drew attention to the story of Irina herself, focusing on far-fetched accusations and incommensurability of the measure of restraint for her. In addition, journalists were able to directly link the case to the political persecution of the deputy Rybalki.
According to lawyers, the "puppeteers" of these criminal prosecutions chose Irina as the object of pressure, because she is a) a woman, b) a single mother who brings up an autistic teenager, c) is not a public figure, and therefore attention to her history should be minimal. The method of pressure was also chosen appropriate. Despite the fact that Irina is not a recidivist and did not commit serious crimes, she continues to be kept in the remand prison for the ninth month, without bail or under house arrest. And this despite the fact that the son-autist needs constant care and support of the mother, and the father can come from abroad only occasionally and for a few days in very extreme cases.
The role of Georgia
How did it happen that the Georgian authorities were involved in this game as well? After all, Georgian court took the decision to refuse bail. Georgian Ministry of Refugee Rights denied Irina the granting of refugee status, which would in fact be equivalent to political asylum. According to Irina's lawyers, agreements on the most severe conditions of detention in remand prison and further unconditional extradition without granting any rights in Georgia were reached at the level of the heads of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine and the General Prosecutor's Office of Georgia.
To do this, even the first deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine Yevgeny Enin allegedly visited Tbilisi. What is the role and place of the Georgian authorities in this story - is not yet fully clear. Obviously, this is not an "exchange" of actions against Mikheil Saakashvili (since these are completely different in the "weight" of the figure). However, it is also obvious that without the knowledge of the top leadership of Georgia, the detention of a woman in an obviously falsified case cannot take place.
And one more question. If Irina Savitskaya's guilt for the authorities, as well as the absence of grounds for granting refugee status, are obvious, then why keep her locked up for nine months? The answer suggests itself: it is likely that after returning to Ukraine, Irina will immediately be able to go free without any charges, since the fabricated case in the Ukrainian court will fall apart.
All this seemed to deliberately be arranged to prolong the humiliation and inhuman conditions in which resides a single mother, and increase pressure on the opposition politician.
According to our information, a number of influential European parliamentarians also drew attention to this. They wrote to the Prosecutor General's Office of Georgia a petition to resolve the issue of Irina and expressed concern that unpredictable conditions of detention, political pressure and wresting testimonies could await her in Ukraine. For the Georgian authorities, the publication of such documents and, in general, the discussion of this case at the level of the European Parliament can bear great reputational risks.
Meanwhile, today the autistic child continues to grow up without a mother, only occasionally his father visits him. Irina Savitskaya is waiting for the next consideration of her case in court - after all one more extension period is coming to an end, "senseless and merciless", since no investigative actions or advance towards extradition have been conducted during this time.