#FreeMariaButina: Russian Foreign Ministry launches campaign in support of alleged spy Butina
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also spoke up for the Russian woman.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation launched a flash mob in support of Maria Butina detained by the US on suspicion of spying for Moscow. The official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Facebook says: "In connection with the arrest in the United States of Russian citizen Maria Butina, we’re starting a flash mob in her support. #FreeMariaButina. Put a photo of Maria as your avatar."
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also spoke up for the Russian woman. “That's ridiculous! The world power America is concerned that frail girl Maria could have acted in the interests of Russia... what I see is arbitrariness, caused by ardent opponents of the US-Russian relations normalization," he wrote on his VKontakte page.
Earlier it became known that the DC Court had postponed the hearing on the case of the Russian citizen from 24 to 25 July.
The arrest of the 29-year-old Russian woman was announced on July 16. The US authorities accuse her of working with a Russian intelligence official and two unidentified Americans to infiltrate a pro-gun rights organization and influence US foreign policy towards Russia. On Thursday, Russian diplomats could meet with her, but the details of the visit are not disclosed.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.