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Maria Butina, her crime: A love of the NRA and being Russian (Video)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has communicated to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Russian national Maria Butina must be set free and allowed to return to Russia, after she was arrested by US officials on dubious spy charges.

Lavrov said that the US should immediately release the Russian gun activist, who is being held in the US on espionage charges, after a phone conversation with his US counterpart.

Lavrov called the charges levied against Butina “fabricated.”

In his conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, “Lavrov stressed that the actions of the US authorities that arrested Russian citizen Butina on fabricated charges are unacceptable.”

In an official statement the Russian Foreign Ministry called for her “immediate release.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the oddly timed, out of the blue arrest of Maria Butina, who is being held by US authorities for what they claim to be a violation of the FARA act.

In reality Maria Butina’s crime is much more troubling than simply failing to register as a foreign agent.

Maria made the double mistake of being in the United States of America as a Russian citizens who loves guns, at a time when racism and bigotry against Russians and NRA supporters is surpassing McCarthyite levels.

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Via RT

The Foreign minister raised the issue during phone conversations that were made at the request of the US and aimed at “further normalization of the US-Russian relations” following the summit between the US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Lavrov and Pompeo also discussed the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, as well as the situation in Syria.

The 29-year-old Russian student and a gun activist was arrested in the US about a week ago and charged with acting as a foreign agent without registering her activities with the authorities. Butina has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On July 16, a DC Federal Court rejected Butina’s bail plea and ordered her to be placed in custody pending trial over fears that she could flee or contact Russian intelligence officials. Her lawyer says the trial is being politicized and Russian embassy staff were only allowed to visit her in jail on Thursday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called Butina’s arrest politically motivated, adding that it could have been aimed at disrupting the Helsinki summit between Putin and Trump. On Thursday, the ministry also launched a campaign hashtagged #FreeMariaButina on Twitter to raise awareness of her case.

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Arrested for being Russian.

Isabella Jones
Isabella Jones

Something incredibly ironic in that the Fascist Empire has chosen to harass and distress a young Russian woman – who, according to Mr. Mercouris “wanted Russia to be more like America”. I wonder if she still does. Curious about this apparent difficulty in obtaining firearms in Russia. As one who has spent her entire life in countries in which citizens do not carry firearms as a rule [even before it was banned] I am very happy with the notion of limited firearm access, providing criminals also have limited access and criminality is low. However, I received in my FB page… Read more »

Eol Awki
Eol Awki

Apparently there is more to this story than the Duran seems to be implying. Butina has far higher connections than is generally known –

Alex, if you leave out info such as this, you are doing no one a good service. Based on the above link, I would suppose that there is likely much more here than an inncoent young Russian girl who like guns.

Joris Joseph van Zweden
Joris Joseph van Zweden

how low can you go


the democrat party is has corrupt as they come ….worse than soviet union


She’s also a Navalny supporter which makes it even more bizarre.

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