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Russia: Maria Butina's father says her prison sentence is 'absolutely unfair'

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 01, 2019 at 00:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

The father of the Russian national Maria Butina, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to act as a foreign agent without registering in the US on Friday, said that he considered the court verdict to be "absolutely unfair," while speaking in Moscow on Tuesday.

“It is difficult to accept that term, in our opinion, absolutely unfair term which was defined in the form of additional punishment. According to conditions of detention, first nine months and the term of nine months she already suffered enough,” he said.

He did not exclude a possibility of publishing a book about the whole story that occurred with Maria Butina. Butina was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, with the judge crediting nine months already served. She will be deported back to Russia after completing her sentence.

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The father of the Russian national Maria Butina, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to act as a foreign agent without registering in the US on Friday, said that he considered the court verdict to be "absolutely unfair," while speaking in Moscow on Tuesday.

“It is difficult to accept that term, in our opinion, absolutely unfair term which was defined in the form of additional punishment. According to conditions of detention, first nine months and the term of nine months she already suffered enough,” he said.

He did not exclude a possibility of publishing a book about the whole story that occurred with Maria Butina. Butina was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, with the judge crediting nine months already served. She will be deported back to Russia after completing her sentence.

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