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HomeBreaking NewsAmerican woman released from Russian captivity speaks to ABC News

American woman released from Russian captivity speaks to ABC News

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An American woman held in Russia for over a year is speaking about her ordeal after her release on Dec. 8, the same day as WNBA star Brittney Griner.

Sarah Krivanek, 46, told ABC News she moved to Russia in 2017 to teach English. Fluent in Russian, she enjoyed a successful career teaching at elite schools in Moscow.

After a fight with a roommate who she said was violent, Krivanek was arrested in December 2021 for using a knife during the altercation, an act she says was self-defense.

In this Nov. 10, 2022, file photo, U.S. citizen Sarah Krivanek, who spent almost eleven months in detention in Russia on charges of causing light injuries to her civil partner, attends a court hearing to consider her deportation, in Ryazan, Russia.

Yulia Morozova/Reuters, FILE

A trial in February without a jury resulted in a year-long sentence to a Russian penal colony, a verdict even her attorney told her was extreme for the circumstances, she says. Krivanek said she learned it coincided with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Watch the interview with Sarah Krivanek on “Good Morning America” on Thursday

“I just fell into the system as a sacrifice, just at the wrong time. And because they were preparing to go to war with Ukraine, I became somebody on their radar,” she said. “If this situation would have happened at an earlier time or a different time in history, I

An American woman held in Russia for over a year is speaking about her ordeal after her release on Dec. 8, the same day as WNBA star Brittney Griner. Sarah Krivanek, 46, told ABC News she moved to Russia in 2017 to teach English. And because they were preparing to go to war with Ukraine, I became somebody on their radar," she said.

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