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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

    Russian Diplomats to Attend Butina's Change of Plea Hearing on Thursday

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russian diplomats will attend jailed citizen Maria Butina's change of plea hearing in Washington on Thursday, Russia's Embassy to the United States said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "On December 13, there will be a plea hearing, which our diplomats will attend", the embassy said, adding that Moscow demands "humane conditions for Maria," who was being held in isolation for 22 hours a day.

    READ MORE: US Plea Hearing in Butina Case Postponed for December 13

    Butina, 30, was detained in the United States in mid-July. She was residing in the country on a student visa while completing a masters degree in international relations at American University in Washington, DC. Moscow has criticized the US government for Butina's arrest, insisting that the charges against her are groundless.


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