A woman whoappeared in Moscow on Tuesday and said she was asking President Vladimir Putin for Russian citizenship.
Tara Reade, who worked in current President Biden’s congressional office for a short time in 1993, said she wanted to stay in Russia after a Republican lawmaker told her she was in physical danger.
Reade, 59, said in an interview carried by the Sputnik media group – a Russian outlet – that she arrived in Russia as a holidaymaker.
However, she said: “When I got off the plane in Moscow, for the first time in a very long time, I felt safe, and I felt heard and respected.”
“I’m still a little dizzy but feeling great,” The Guardian quoted her as saying. “I feel very surrounded by protection and security.”
Reade made headlines in early 2020 when he claimed in a podcast that Mr. Biden, who was a senator at the time, sexually assaulted her in a Capitol Hill hallway in August 1993, when she was 29. years.
His accusation came just as Mr Biden was stepping up his campaign against incumbent President Donald Trump, who himself has.
“It’s not true. I say unequivocally that it never, ever happened,” he said.
Reade said he filed a complaint after the alleged incident, but no trace was found.
A 1996 court document says her ex-husband mentioned she complained of sexual harassment while working in Mr Biden’s office.
It is unclear whether his allegations have ever been formally investigated.
Reade, who called herself a geopolitical analyst, said in the Sputnik interview that after she went public with her allegations in 2020, she was threatened with jail, her life threatened and she was called a Russian agent. .
Alongside Maria Butina, who wasas a suspected spy for Russia and Reade told the interviewer that she had “always loved Russia”.
“I don’t see Russia as an enemy, nor do many of my fellow Americans,” she said, adding that she had a “big” request.
“I would like to apply for citizenship in Russia, with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,” she said.
“I promise to be a good citizen,” she said, adding that she also wanted to keep her US citizenship.
According to The Guardian, Reade said of Butina: “I really appreciate Maria and everyone who gave me [protection] at a time when it was very difficult to know if I am safe or not.
“I just didn’t want to go home and get into a cage or be killed, which are basically my two choices.”
Butina is now a member of the Russian parliament, the Duma.
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