Savchenko, held by Russian authorities on
what many believe are trumped-up allegations of involvement in the murder of
two Russian journalists, is No. 1 on the Batkivshchyna party list for the Oct. 26 parliamentary election. She was captured
by Kremlin-backed separatists on June 17.
She is followed on the ticket by Yulia
Tymoshenko, another woman who also knows something about being in prison. The
former prime minister has been imprisoned twice, once during ex-President
Leonid Kuchma’s era and the second time for more than two years under overthrown
President Viktor Yanukovych.
Tymosheno was released the same day that Yanukovych
fled power on Feb. 22 and soon restarted her political career. She finished with
only 12.8 percent of the vote in the May 25 presidential election against Petro