MOSCOW, March 16 – RIA Novosti. Ivan Melnikov, vice-president of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to help the Russian woman Mira Terade, who had served a sentence in the United States on money laundering charges, to return home.
“A disabled person, the mother of Russian citizen Mira Terada, addressed me. She said that her daughter, after serving a sentence in the United States, has been held in a Louisiana prison since January 29, 2021 without grounds. provide medical assistance, despite the fact that she is disabled and needs urgent surgery, “Melnikov told RIA Novosti.
According to him, the process of deportation to Russia is being delayed due to the fact that the American side “lost Terada's passport.”
“I ask you to give orders to provide assistance for the early return to the homeland of our compatriot to the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Send an appeal to the US authorities to speed up the actions that depend on them for her early deportation in connection with the need for an urgent operation and take this matter under personal control.” , – said in the appeal of Melnikov, which is at the disposal of the agency.
In early February, RIA Novosti at the Pickens County Sheriff's Office reported that 32-year-old Terada was preparing to be deported to Russia after being released from prison in Alabama.
Mira Terada (formerly Oksana Vovk) was detained in Finland in December 2018 and extradited to the United States in June 2019. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money, avoiding the much heavier charge of smuggling roughly 1 kilogram of cocaine. A US court sentenced Terada to 2.5 years in prison. Her sentence expired on January 29, 2021, after which she was transferred to another prison, where she is awaiting deportation.