26 April

#FreeMariaButina EMBASSY STATEMENT

We are appalled by the blatant lawlessness of the U.S. Justice System. We regret to state, that considering the level of Russophobia in the U.S., common sense did not prevail. Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

An innocent person will continue suffer from incarceration. 

Under false accusations of “conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia”, with no real proof to back it, the U.S. Justice System forced the Russian citizen to self-incriminate. She was threatened with long-term prison sentences and had been held in unacceptably harsh prison conditions.

Maria Butina is a political prisoner, a victim of repressive U.S. justice norms and a provocation masterminded by the U.S. special services. 

We insist on our compatriot’s innocence. We demand her immediate release. We will continue providing her with all necessary consular and legal assistance.