Russian “agent” tortured, says Moscow

  • Russian “agent” tortured, says Moscow
    Independent.t. E.
    Russia has accused the US of trying to break the spirit in prison, Maria Butina, the woman the U.S. government to say, an agent of the Government of the Russian Federation, and complained that she was subjected to “borderline torture.”
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Russia has accused the US of trying to break the spirit in prison, Maria Butina, the woman the U.S. government to say, an agent of the Government of the Russian Federation, and complained that she was subjected to “borderline torture.”

MS Butina, a 29-year-old gun rights advocate living in Washington, DC, was arrested in July and was accused of acting as an agent of the Government of the Russian Federation and cooperation with American citizens and the infiltration of political groups.

MS Butina, who pleaded not guilty, were detained without the right to bail pending trial after prosecutors presented evidence that she was connected with the Russian special services of militants and financed by Russian oligarchs.

Its the fact that the Russian authorities claim, is fabricated and politically motivated, has become the latest in a series of irritants between Washington and Moscow at a time when relations already are languishing in the post-cold war low over claims of Russian interference in US policy.

Confiscated

The Russian Embassy in the US said that Ms. Butina was transferred from a jail in Washington, Virginia on Friday without notice or explanation, and that her personal belongings were confiscated.

She had been searched and shackled during the transfer, it is alleged, before kept in cell for 12 hours without food and light. Now she was faced with a single regime of detention, he said.

“Her situation is getting worse. It is obvious that attempts to “break” Mary with the additional humiliation and psychological pressure”, – said at the Embassy.

“We are more and more questions to the justice system of the United States. Maria really should be doomed to such a level of torture before the court’s verdict on the charges against her? This lawlessness must stop.”

U.S. Federal prosecutors successfully persuaded a judge in July that Ms. Butina was a flight risk and should be jailed until trial.

The next hearing in her case on September 10.

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