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    This courtroom sketch depicts Maria Butina, in orange suit, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent, listening to her attorney Robert Driscoll, standing, as he speaks to Judge Deborah Robinson, left, during a hearing in federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson, bottom left, and co-defense attorney's Alfred Carry, right, listen. Prosecutors say Butina was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States. And prosecutors also are accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections

    Butina's US Incarceration Rules Out Private Visits - Prisoner's Father

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The family of arrested Russian national Maria Butina would like to go to the United States to visit her, however, does not have such an opportunity at the moment, Valery Butin, the prisoner's father, said in an interview released on Monday.

    "We would love to support her by arriving and meeting her, but it is impossible now," Butin told Russia's Izvestia newspaper.

    Butin noted that despite certain improvement of his daughter's living conditions, she still remained in the regime of administrative segregation, which provided for 22-hour stay in solitary confinement.

    According to Butin, his daughter was not allowed to have outdoor exercise, watch TV or read newspapers.

    Butina, a recent student and a highly visible political activist, was arrested in Washington, DC in mid-July on suspicions of acting as an agent for a foreign government. She has denied the accusations. Now Butina, who faces up to 15 years in jail, is being held in a prison in the US city of Alexandria, Virginia.

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