WASHINGTON, July 25. /TASS/. Representatives of the Russian Embassy in the United States intend to pay a visit on July 26 to Russian citizen Maria Butina, arrested in Washington earlier this month on conspiracy charges, the Embassy’s press service announced late on Tuesday.
"We have agreed with Maria that we will be visiting her at least once a week," the press service wrote in its Twitter account. "She highly values such support."
"We are visiting her on July 26 and the visit has been already agreed upon with the prison authorities," the Russian Embassy’s press service reported adding that "a previous consulate meeting with Butina confirmed that she had no health problems, although she suffered a psychological stress upon her arrest.".
Maria Butina, 29, was arrested in Washington DC on July 15. The Russian gun rights activist is facing in the United States charges of conspiracy in the interests of a foreign state. The investigators also claim that she was engaged in activities on the territory of the United States without being registered with the US Department of Justice as a foreign agent.
Last week, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov slammed Butina’s arrest as a farce and promised that Moscow would be insisting on her release.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated earlier that Moscow viewed the pressed charges against Butina as ungrounded and politically motivated. The diplomat pledged that Russia would resort to all possible efforts to protect Butina’s rights and legal interests.