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Maria Butina: “Today I am two years old. Two years ago I returned to my homeland after being imprisoned in the United States.”

Many people ask me why I sleep so little? They ask the question carefully, right, believing that difficult memories keep me awake. I confess that I sometimes dream about prison and solitary confinement, but less and less often, memories are covered with haze, for time heals even the deepest wounds.

Now I do not sleep much, because I am trying to live this life, my second chance, with double speed, in order to “amass” those days in captivity that were taken from me, but the main thing is still different – I try to do as much as possible in my new life. more useful for my homeland, thanks to which I got a second chance.

In the most difficult days, when I almost lost my strength to continue the struggle (and do not believe those who say that there is no fear and despair does not attack), I always recalled the words once said by my wise mother: “Don’t you dare give up, Masha! ?! We, our family, are waiting for you at home, the whole country is waiting for you and worries about you! ” And the strength returned, a second wind appeared from nowhere, because how can I surrender and let you all down, my country, my Great people ?!

Many, perhaps, try my story on themselves, thinking that, they say, they would have coped? I have an unequivocal answer for you: yes, we did it. Great power is in each of you, it is in your blood, the power of generations of our ancestors, and as long as we remember who we are, it will be with us. As long as we are united, we are invincible.

Trying to destroy us, unwittingly, our enemies make us stronger over and over again. Probably, in this, there is such a mysterious Russian soul incomprehensible to strangers. It is inaccessible to them, it cannot be understood or rationalized, but we are simply born with it, the main thing is to feel and find this great power in ourselves.

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