US plans on deporting Butina to Russia before mid-spring
Prison conditions have been improved for better comfort of the Russian citizen accused of an anti-American conspiracy.
Maria Butina, who was arrested on charges of involvement in an anti-American conspiracy in Russia’s interests, is going to be deported to her homeland in March or April of this year. Her passport has already been transferred to the US migration service, reports MK. At the next court hearing on February 26, the parties may agree on the date of sentencing, said Butina’s lawyer Robert Driscoll.
The lawyer added that as far as he understood the situation, the conditions were now better, all things considered.
Previously, she had been kept in solitary confinement and released for a walk in the interval between two and four o’clock in the morning. Butina pleaded guilty at the end of 2018. After that, she was placed in a minimum-security cell.
Now Butina is regularly seen on a treadmill that surrounds the basketball court, Driscoll says. The Russian woman eats with other prisoners, is kept in an open cell, may watch a television show once or twice a week and go to church.
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