MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. Russian diplomats continue to follow the fate of the arrested US citizen of the Russian Federation’s Botinol, the state Department declared a decisive protest in connection with actions against her. This was stated on Thursday by Deputy of the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Artem Kozhin.
“We continue to closely monitor the fate of arrested in Washington on 15 July, Russian citizen Maria Butunoi. The U.S. state Department declared a strong protest made against it by the action, including severe psychological pressure, – the diplomat noted. – Worth at least an eight-hour search at the arrest, when broke into the rented apartment armed with machine guns, FBI agents broke the furniture, shook up and even tore the clothes, exposed floors and walls”.
According to him, nothing wrong, the FBI is not found, but “despite the complete lack of evidence of any guilt, Butinai denied release”. “Sostoyanie FBI, the prosecution built on out of context excerpts from personal correspondence with Butynol in social networks, – noted Kozhin. – She was trying to incriminate the violation of us law on foreign agents, although she was not working for any foreign state, and studied in one of the Washington universities.”
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The diplomat noted that she made no secret of his citizenship, acquaintances and contacts. “Certain political forces in the United States of their own selfish interests made up a story about Russian intervention in the American elections, and in the Wake of a campaign of denigration of our country Butina thrown in jail on completely trumped-up pretext,” – stated the representative of the foreign Ministry.
He stressed that Moscow demands from Washington “to immediately stop arbitrariness and to free Mary Butina”. “The arrest of the Russians due solely to motives of domestic and foreign policy, and therefore she is a political prisoner,” said Kozhin.
Maria Butunoi charged with participating in the conspiracy with the purpose of acting in favor of a foreign state on the territory of the United States. Us intelligence agencies also claimed that she did the same activity without being registered with the Ministry of justice agent of a foreign state. Butina was arrested in Washington on July 15, the court decided to leave her in custody until the court hearing, which is scheduled for September 10.
July 21 Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo demanded the early release of Butynol from custody. The head of Russian diplomacy has described the accusations against her as fabricated.
In the US, she has come to study international relations. This spring she received a master’s degree in one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education Washington – American University.