Zakharova called the case Butinai fabricated in USA
MOSCOW, Aug 3 — RIA Novosti. The case, instituted in the United States against the Russians Maria Butunoi, fabricated and driven by political inter-fighting, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“We insist on the innocence of Maria Butunoi. Charges in its address have common sense, as the alleged evidence used her personal correspondence in social networks, and from there pulled out fragmentary phrases which seek to give a distorted meaning. It is obvious that no crime Rossiyanka did not commit, and the case against her is fabricated and is due solely to fierce political showdown in the United States and the desire to cast aspersions on our country,” Zakharova said at a briefing on Friday.
Butino detained in July in the United States. She is accused of conspiracy to commit an agent of a foreign government without registering with the U.S. justice Department, as well as in the work of a foreign agent. On the totality of the charges, she faces up to 15 years in prison. Butina told the court about his innocence. The Russian authorities also believe the accusations against the Russians far-fetched. The lawyer of Butini said that she wasn’t doing anything illegal, and its relationship in the United States are fully explained by studies at the local University majoring in “international relations”.
Zakharova noted earlier that Butino detained immediately before the meeting of leaders of Russia and USA Vladimir Putin and Donald trump in Helsinki on 16 July, obviously with the goal to minimize the positive effect of the summit and to do it in the shortest possible time.