WASHINGTON, July 20. /TASS/. Russian Maria Butina, detained in Washington July 15, is adapting to prison conditions, but feels fine, health complaints no. This is stated in the statement of the Russian Embassy in the United States, published on Thursday in Facebook.
“As a result of these efforts achieved a consular meeting with Butynol in the Washington prison. Despite the stress and psychological pressure that a Russian citizen had to endure in the course of the arrest, and she is feeling fine, health complaints no,” said the Embassy. – Officially asked the us authorities explanations concerning the arrest of our citizen.”
“Like any normal person, prison conditions Maria adapts hard. While he was in good spirits, confident in his innocence, is determined to prove it in court – the statements. – Of course, she was very happy to see our diplomats, to feel moral support. Mary reported that her case has caused a public resonance in Russia and in her address expressed words of solidarity. She told me to tell parents not to worry”.
Russian Maria Butina was arrested in Washington on July 15. She is charged with participating in a conspiracy with the purpose of acting in favor of a foreign state on the territory of the United States. American intelligence agencies claim that Butina did the same activity without being registered at the Ministry of justice, the U.S. agent of a foreign state.
According to the American authorities, Butina entered the United States on a student visa in August 2016. She received a master’s degree in one of the most prestigious higher educational institutions of the capital of the US – American University. According to the prosecution, as a member of the Board of the Russian public organization “gun rights” Butina in the composition of the Russian delegation attended the national prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2017, which was attended by the President of the United States Donald trump.
As stated in testimony that he gave in court in the matter of Butynol FBI special agent Kevin Kelson, USA Butina tried to carry out “operation impact” in the interests of Russia. According to intelligence, Butina tried to establish contacts with the “American political leaders” in order to establish private communication channels with them. According to the FBI, these channels could be used by Moscow “to break into the national policymaking apparatus of the United States to advance the agenda of the Russian Federation”.