The US judicial condemnation of the Russian Maria Boutina is scandalous, denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
Maria Boutina, a young Russian accused of wanting to infiltrate on behalf of Moscow American organizations including the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), was sentenced Friday by a federal judge to eighteen months in prison.
“It’s scandalous,” Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
“It is not clear why she was sentenced or what offense she committed, I think it’s a question of ‘saving face’, they arrested her and put her in jail. had nothing against her, so as not to look totally stupid, they put her 18-month sentence to show she was guilty of something. “