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Russia: Maria Butina’s family prepare for emotional reunion08:17

Russia: Maria Butina’s family prepare for emotional reunion

Russian Federation, Barnaul
October 25, 2019 at 13:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Maria Butina's family discussed her imminent release from a US prison and return to Russia in an interview to RT in Barnaul on Thursday.

Butina's parents, mother Irina and father Valery, in addition to grandmother Maria, talked about how they planned to help the 30-year adjust back to normal life and her possible future plans.

"We all are dreaming of gathering together, of seeing and hugging Masha. This is our dream number one, to feel that she is next to us, to gather the whole family together," said mother Irina.

The family plan to meet Maria at one of the Moscow airports upon her arrival.

"Masha is leaving the prison having only a track suit, that is why we are bringing clothes to Moscow," the mother noted.

After arriving in the Russian capital, Butina is expected to stay in a hotel for the first night before travelling home to the Siberian city of Barnaul.

Later, the family plan to take Maria to her grandmother's house to continue adapting to normal life after incarceration.

Her father Valery said that whatever endeavours Maria takes in the future, it would be for the good of her homeland.

"I am sure that her activities will be connected with Russia. Everything that she did, she tried to do well, diligently and to the benefit of the country."

Butina was imprisoned for 18 months in April on a single charge of conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent in the US. Half of her sentence counted as time served as the Russian spent nine months in custody, most of which in solitary confinement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Butina's trial and sentence "a travesty of justice."

According to Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov, Butina is expected to leave a federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday and could be transferred to a migrant centre in Miami, before boarding a flight to Moscow. She is expected to arrive in the Russian capital on Saturday.

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Maria Butina's family discussed her imminent release from a US prison and return to Russia in an interview to RT in Barnaul on Thursday.

Butina's parents, mother Irina and father Valery, in addition to grandmother Maria, talked about how they planned to help the 30-year adjust back to normal life and her possible future plans.

"We all are dreaming of gathering together, of seeing and hugging Masha. This is our dream number one, to feel that she is next to us, to gather the whole family together," said mother Irina.

The family plan to meet Maria at one of the Moscow airports upon her arrival.

"Masha is leaving the prison having only a track suit, that is why we are bringing clothes to Moscow," the mother noted.

After arriving in the Russian capital, Butina is expected to stay in a hotel for the first night before travelling home to the Siberian city of Barnaul.

Later, the family plan to take Maria to her grandmother's house to continue adapting to normal life after incarceration.

Her father Valery said that whatever endeavours Maria takes in the future, it would be for the good of her homeland.

"I am sure that her activities will be connected with Russia. Everything that she did, she tried to do well, diligently and to the benefit of the country."

Butina was imprisoned for 18 months in April on a single charge of conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent in the US. Half of her sentence counted as time served as the Russian spent nine months in custody, most of which in solitary confinement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Butina's trial and sentence "a travesty of justice."

According to Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov, Butina is expected to leave a federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday and could be transferred to a migrant centre in Miami, before boarding a flight to Moscow. She is expected to arrive in the Russian capital on Saturday.

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