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The case against the Russians Maria Butunoi arrested in the US on charges of conspiring to conduct activities in a foreign state, were politically motivated. This was stated by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. Stream the briefing is available on page offices in Facebook.
“We reiterate our demand to give Mary Butinai all necessary assistance and close politically motivated criminal case”, — said the diplomat. In her words, actions and arbitrariness of law enforcement bodies of the USA against the Russians violate human dignity. Moscow hopes that the international community will pay attention to what is happening, added Zakharova.
Foreign Ministry spokesman said 17 August Butino without notice transferred to another prison and placed in solitary confinement, “which is designed for dangerous felons”. In this case the woman was forced to go through a humiliating inspection, then she took items of personal hygiene for 12 hours and kept her without food. Zakharov said that only after the intervention of diplomats “stopped the searches, strip searches, night checks were also slightly improved the conditions of detention”.
On 21 August, Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova said Butina “can give all sorts of readings, including to incriminate himself” because of the conditions of detention in prison. Earlier it was reported that the Russians in detention have worsened chronic arthritis.
About the detention of Butinai it became known on July 16. She is accused of “involvement in the conspiracy business in favor of a foreign state on the territory of the United States,” as well as in business activities without being registered with the Ministry of justice as an agent of a foreign state.
The American side believes that Butina worked for the order under US sanctions, a senior Russian official. If she is found guilty, she faces up to 15 years in prison. Butina all charges in the address rejects.
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