The book is “rather a vision of a soldier than that of a politician”, said Vira Savchenko who joined the publishers shortly after the video ended. “The idea to write the book is that of Ilya Novikov, Nadiya’s lawyer,” continues Vira. “She wrote it while on hunger strike [in the Russian prison – edit.]”. Nadiya was very quick, it took her 2-3 weeks to complete it, notes the sister. The book covers all the stages of Nadiya’s story: the combat she took part in before abduction, abduction itself, captivity, detention in Russia. It also reveals Nadiya’s vision of the army and covers her service in Iraq.
“The book is written in a lively manner with occasional use of foul language,” says Vira as the smile brightens her face. “The book was written to present the truth,” she continues. “It is destined to Ukrainians so that they know the truth.” Western audience or the “Old World” as Vira keeps referring to it also needs to familiarize itself with the book but no concrete plans as to the book’s translation were voiced.
“The book is a symbol of being unbreakable,” spoke a village librarian at the Q&A session. Together with her colleagues they wrote a letter of support to Nadiya, sent it to the detention center and got answered by her. “Nadiya is our hero,” she concluded as the hall started applauding.
“The book has the open final,” says Vira Savchenko using the opportunity to remind that at least 10 Ukrainians remain illegally detained or imprisoned in Russia, oldest of whom is 73 years old.
The presentation was followed by a book signing session conducted by Vira Savchenko in the absence of her sister remaining detained in Russia.