Russian Foreign Ministry states Maria Butina faces discrimination in US prison

Russian Foreign Ministry states Maria Butina faces discrimination in US prison
Maria Butina

According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, "Butina faces moral coercion, searches are conducted in the ward every day, medical assistance is not provided, various restrictions that do not affect other prisoners are introduced."

Russian woman and alleged Kremlin agent Maria Butina faces discrimination in the US prison, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday. According to her, searches are carried out in Butina's cell every day, and the Russian woman could not get medical assistance, RIA Novosti reports.

"The Russian side takes measures to improve the conditions of Maria Butina's detention in prison, where she faces discrimination from the American authorities," Zakharova explained.

According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, "Butina faces moral coercion, searches are conducted in the ward every day, medical assistance is not provided, various restrictions that do not affect other prisoners are introduced."

"They are trying to force Maria Butina to admit her guilt," Zakharova said. "All the accusations against our citizen are contrived, and the whole case is framed up and proved only with the messages sent in social networks."

29-year-old Maria Butina was detained on July 15. She is accused of conspiracy to work as an agent of a foreign government without registration with the US Department of Justice, as well as working as a foreign agent. She faces up to 15 years in prison.

Press wrote that she was an assistant to Alexander Torshin that held the post of the senator. Both of them were members of The Right to Bear Arms organization, which advocates the liberalization of laws on weapons in Russia.

The US Senate stated that the Russian woman had meetings with the National Rifle Association. According to The Washington Post, Butina also contacted Jeffrey Gordon, the member of the Donald Trump's presidential election team, responsible for national security issues, RBC reports.

Butina noted in court that she was not guilty. The authorities of the Russian Federation also consider accusations against the Russian woman as far-fetched. Butina's lawyer stresses that she did not do anything illegal, and her ties in the US arose from her studies at the local university with a degree in International Relations.

However, the judge decided to arrest the Russian woman. The next meeting in her case is scheduled for 10 September.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had stated earlier that Butina was detained just before the meeting of Russian and US leaders Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16 to spoil beneficial action of the summit.

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