Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in the US, talked about the conditions of her detention and release, during an exclusive interview with RT in Moscow on Saturday.
"I still remember each day, I spent 117 days since solitary confinement, and that was probably the most terrifying experience that ever happened in my life," commented Butina about her time in prison.
She also talked about the support that she received, saying "I was very surprised, that [the] next day after I was arrested, I saw people, Russian diplomats from Russian embassy, who came to me and they supported me from day one," adding that "my county did everything to protect me."
Butina stated that the only crime she committed was not to complete a registration form and wondered how that could end with her spending 15 months in prison.
Butina departed from Miami's airport after she was released from prison in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday after having served 15 months of an 18-month sentence.
Butina founded the Russian gun-rights organisation Right to Bear Arms in 2011 and was involved in the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun-rights lobby in US politics. She moved to the United States on a student visa in 2016 and was arrested on July 2018 on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian Federation, of which she was convicted in April 2019.