On September 26, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova held a personal reception of citizens. Handling of citizens’ appeals to resolve life situations is one of the most important areas of activity of the federal ombudswoman.
During the reception Tatiana Moskalkova was approached by people fighting for the rights of their relatives who are in custody.
In particular, the High Commissioner met with the father of Russian citizen Maria Butina. He told about his daughter’s plans, the charges against her, and the conditions of detention.
According to him, his daughter wanted to study, she applied to seven universities, and was admitted to one of them. Now, the US authorities accuse the girl of trying to lobby the interests of Russia in the United States and operating as a foreign agent without registration.
In turn, the High Commissioner described steps already taken to protect the rights of Russian citizen Maria Butina, and promised to continue fighting for her release.
"I will continue appealing to the world community to terminate criminal proceedings against your daughter. I will appeal to the US authorities and I express hope for understanding and ensuring compliance with international standards with respect to her detention and release", Tatiana Moskalkova said.
The High Commissioner was also approached by the wife of Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States for 25 years for supporting terrorism, and other citizens requesting to protect the rights of imprisoned Russian citizens.
Tatiana Moskalkova intends to address the competent authorities to request the necessary information, conduct inspections, and to restore the violated rights of citizens. All appeals are under personal control of the federal ombudswoman.