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Russia deports American Sarah Krivanek, convicted of stabbing her roommate

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov – BAI XUEQI / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT PHOTO


The Russian government has confirmed the deportation to the United States of the American citizen Sarah Rachel Krivanek, sentenced in August this year to one and a half years in prison for wounding her roommate with a knife in November 2021 during a dispute at her home. apartment on the outskirts of Moscow.

Krivanek, who argued that he had acted in self-defense, was released on bail on a promise not to leave the country, which he ended up doing in a confused diplomatic incident in which the woman was stopped at the Moscow airport with a letter from repatriation.

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The US Embassy assured in comments to ‘People’ magazine that it was not aware that the woman, a 45-year-old Californian and English teacher, was prohibited from leaving Russia.

The incident itself did not reach any further significance because his roommate only ended up with a slight cut to the nose and asked the authorities to annul the proceedings against Krivanek. However, the arrest of the woman at the airport ended up leading to a firm conviction for the violent act in a prison in the central Ryazan region.

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Now, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Riabkov, has confirmed the deportation of the American, without giving many details. “Physically I have no idea how it happened, but the fact of the deportation itself I can confirm,” Riabkov told Interfax, without indicating that the deportation is related to yesterday’s exchange between the American basketball player Brittney Griner and the arms dealer, Viktor Bout.


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