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Russia: Maria Butina meets father at airport after flight from Miami 02:00

Russia: Maria Butina meets father at airport after flight from Miami

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 26, 2019 at 11:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, met her father Valeriy for the first time in 3,5 years on her arrival to the Sheremetyevo International Airport on Saturday.

“Almost crying, I can’t speak. All people including diplomats, society, journalists during asked about Maria and offered words of support during these terrible 400 days,” said Russian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Maria 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 in July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, for which she was convicted in April 2019.

Russia: Maria Butina meets father at airport after flight from Miami 02:00
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Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, met her father Valeriy for the first time in 3,5 years on her arrival to the Sheremetyevo International Airport on Saturday.

“Almost crying, I can’t speak. All people including diplomats, society, journalists during asked about Maria and offered words of support during these terrible 400 days,” said Russian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Maria 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 in July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, for which she was convicted in April 2019.

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