As world leaders gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, advocates for a businesswoman with U.S. ties trapped in Kuwait for more than a year worked to raise her profile on Wednesday.
Marsha Lazareva, a Russian national and mother of a child with American citizenship, was released on bail in June after spending more than a year in Kuwait’s Sulaibaya prison because of what her legal team describes as trumped-up embezzlement charges. But she’s still stuck in the county because of a travel ban.
Activists including Cherie Blair, an international lawyer and wife of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Amber Heard, an actress and UN Human Rights Ambassador, shared Lazareva’s story during panel discussions separate from the UNGA Wednesday. Lazareva’s U.S.-based advocates also include Pam Bondi, former Florida Attorney General, and Neil Bush, son of the late President George H.W. Bush.