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'I did not give up because I simply could not do that, thanks to all who helped me':


Maria Butina, a Russian gun activist who spent months in a US jail for failing to properly register as a foreign agent, has landed in Moscow. Her case sparked outcry in Russia and accusations of "prosecutorial overreach."

She has arrived in Sheremetyevo airport after a long flight from Miami, Florida on Saturday.

Butina told reporters she feels "well" and is very happy to finally "return home." She thanked everyone for supporting her during the tough and lengthy ordeal in the US.

Maria's father, Valery Butin, has flown from Siberia to meet her at the airport. He thanked the diplomats, human rights groups, and "ordinary people" for supporting his daughter and not letting the story die down. He also thanked the US lawyers for their fight against the "Russophobic" charges against his daughter in court.