Maria Butina returned to Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A plane with a Russian woman Maria Butina, freed from an American prison, landed at the capital’s Sheremetyevo Airport, RIA reports.

The Russian woman flew by flight SU 111. On the way, she told reporters that she first of all wanted to return to her family and “say thanks to everyone” who supported her.

Butina was met at the airport by her father and official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

Four months alone

On an airplane, Butina gave an interview to Sputnik and RT, in which she talked about being in an American prison, release and plans for the future.

She spent about four months in solitary confinement. According to the girl, there she was saved by a tough schedule, sport and faith.

“In order not to go crazy, you should have a very strict plan. Every hour you should be busy with something. As soon as you allow yourself to relax and just think, the brain starts to wind you up: what if, what if it supported me.” Butina admitted.

During her imprisonment, she studied books on icon painting and art, and also read Russian classics.
The cell was very cold, released from it exclusively at night, Butina continued the story.

“I had time from one to three in the night. This includes the phone. I had situations where I couldn’t reach my parents for half an hour. The time is up – you close the door. No one cares if you phoned or not,” she said.

Butina added that she worked in prison: she washed dishes in the dining room and taught prisoners mathematics. She received $ 17 a month for teaching, and working as a dishwasher turned out to be more profitable – almost $ 29.

On the day of her release, according to the girl, she was locked up for hours, she had to beg for food and water, and she was taken to the plane with armed guards.

“They promised me a call — to call my dad. Finally, the guys from Aeroflot helped me here. Although they wrote to my dad. They again deceived me. They promised me one call to my parents: to say when my flight arrives,” Butina was indignant.

Each day, she described the girl on paper, resulting in more than a thousand pages. Now she plans to make a certain “creative project” on this basis.

Butina has no concrete plans yet, but she does not exclude that she will protect the rights of convicts. In addition, she does not intend to refuse to advance the right to self-defense, that is, to possession of firearms.

The girl also added that she might take some legal steps to protect her reputation, which was damaged due to a lawsuit in the USA, but chose not to say yet what exactly she was going to do.

“I will not leave this question, because it is a question of principle,” she concluded.

Butina’s case

Maria Butina was detained in July 2018 and sentenced to 18 months for “conspiracy to illegally work as a foreign agent.”

She pleaded guilty, otherwise she would have been facing many years in prison.

Butina’s term expired on November 5, but he was reduced by ten days.


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