The father of Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, said that it was going to be 'a long-awaited meeting' when his daughter arrives in Moscow later on Saturday.
Valery Butin spoke to RT at the Domodedovo airport where he was expecting the plane with Maria to land. He said many family members, friends and colleagues are planning to hold a... Еще reunion event after her return.
He also said that Maria 'hadn’t been home since entering American University' and that he felt impatient. «I was instructed by my family to take a picture immediately, kiss, hug, and come back [home] as soon as possible,» said Butin.
Maria Butina departed from Miami’s airport after she was released from a prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday after having served 15 months of an 18-month sentence.
Butina founded the Russian gun rights organisation Right to Bear Arms in 2011 and was involved in the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights lobby in US politics. She moved to the United States on a student visa in 2016 and was arrested in July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, for which she was convicted in April 2019.