"She has been in jail for 19 days on trumped-up charges," the statement said. "She has been finally allowed to make phone calls. But she cannot contact her parents, the prison administration cites some ‘technical difficulties.’ We are looking into this."
Russian Embassy staffers have been regularly visiting the 29-year-old. They last met Butina on August 2. The Embassy promised to continue providing the Russian national with consular and any other support she might need.
She is being held in jail without bond until trial. Russia has strongly criticized the US government for detaining her and called the accusations "clearly groundless."
The attorney for Maria Butina, Robert Driscoll said Wednesday the defense team was open to a plea bargain with the US prosecutors. Driscoll told CNN they would look into such an offer but added she would never plead guilty to the charges because they were not truthful.
US authorities arrested Butina on July 15 and has been charged with engaging in a conspiracy against the US and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government. Butina will remain in custody until the end of the trial. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.