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'Russians don't give up' - Maria Butina speaks on return to Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 26, 2019 at 09:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, arrived at Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow on Saturday.

“I am very, very, very happy to return home and I am very grateful to everyone who supported me, to all Russian citizens who helped and wrote letters to me, helped me in word and deed, donated money for my legal defence. I am very glad to see my family”, - said Butina talking to journalists on her arrival.

She went on saying that the support of the public was crucial for her during her 15 months detention: “Guys, I didn’t give up just because I knew that I simply did not have the right, I simply could not. Thank you very much and, you know, I just wanted to say, once I already talked about this in one of my videos - you know, Russians don’t give up!”

Maria Butina departed from Miami’s airport after she was released from a prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday after having served 15 months of an 18-month sentence.

Butina founded the Russian gun rights organisation Right to Bear Arms in 2011 and was involved in the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights lobby in US politics. She moved to the United States on a student visa in 2016 and was arrested in July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, for which she was convicted in April 2019.

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Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, arrived at Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow on Saturday.

“I am very, very, very happy to return home and I am very grateful to everyone who supported me, to all Russian citizens who helped and wrote letters to me, helped me in word and deed, donated money for my legal defence. I am very glad to see my family”, - said Butina talking to journalists on her arrival.

She went on saying that the support of the public was crucial for her during her 15 months detention: “Guys, I didn’t give up just because I knew that I simply did not have the right, I simply could not. Thank you very much and, you know, I just wanted to say, once I already talked about this in one of my videos - you know, Russians don’t give up!”

Maria Butina departed from Miami’s airport after she was released from a prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday after having served 15 months of an 18-month sentence.

Butina founded the Russian gun rights organisation Right to Bear Arms in 2011 and was involved in the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights lobby in US politics. She moved to the United States on a student visa in 2016 and was arrested in July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, for which she was convicted in April 2019.

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