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Russia: 'This is our common victory' - foreign ministry spokesperson on Butina's return

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 26, 2019 at 11:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova spoke to the press right after Maria Butina’s arrival at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on Saturday.

Maria Butina, a Russian national, was convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US.

The Russian spokesperson praised the support of society and said “This is our common victory” and added “without a real desire to get her out of there, it would have been much more difficult."

Zakharova criticized the detention conditions that Butina faced in the USA, saying “not even letting her calling close people and family is, of course, already out of bounds."

Butina departed from Miami’s airport after she was released from 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 on July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, of which she was convicted in April 2019.

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Russian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova spoke to the press right after Maria Butina’s arrival at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on Saturday.

Maria Butina, a Russian national, was convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US.

The Russian spokesperson praised the support of society and said “This is our common victory” and added “without a real desire to get her out of there, it would have been much more difficult."

Zakharova criticized the detention conditions that Butina faced in the USA, saying “not even letting her calling close people and family is, of course, already out of bounds."

Butina departed from Miami’s airport after she was released from 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 on July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, of which she was convicted in April 2019.

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