Russia calls US charges against alleged spy Maria Butina fabricated; demands release

  1. Russia calls US charges against alleged spy Maria Butina fabricated; demands release  USA TODAY
  2. Lawyer for accused Russian agent: US using info ‘taken completely out of context’  CNN
  3. Mark Sanford met accused Russian spy Maria Butina in 2017. Remembers her as pleasant  The State
  4. The Russia Investigations: How Many More Maria Butinas Are There?  NPR
  5. Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories?  Washington Post
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Accused spy Maria Butina met with Russia's former US ambassador

Accused spy Maria Butina met with Russia's former US ambassadorMaria Butina’s encounter with Kislyak has been cited as proof that she was in touch with diplomatic officials. The woman charged with spying for Moscow in the US met previously with the former Russian ambassador to Washington whose contacts with Trump advisers have raised concerns among investigators. Photographs of Maria Butina with Sergey Kislyak were among the files taken from Butina’s electronic devices by FBI agents, according to prosecutors.


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Maria Butina's many roles: Grad student. Gun rights activist. Alleged Russian agent.

  1. Maria Butina’s many roles: Grad student. Gun rights activist. Alleged Russian agent.  CNN
  2. Who is Maria Butina? Accused Russian spy allegedly offered sex for power  USA TODAY
  3. Russian Embassy officials to meet suspected spy Maria Butina jailed in US  CBS News
  4. Russia’s not meddling? Then explain Maria Butina.  Washington Post
  5. Accused Russian Spy’s Boy Toy Is a Serial Fraud: Lawsuits  Daily Beast
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Russian Embassy officials to meet suspected spy Maria Butina jailed in US

  1. Russian Embassy officials to meet suspected spy Maria Butina jailed in US  CBS News
  2. The NRA Has Deep Ties to Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina  Mother Jones
  3. Alleged Russian Spy Was Working to Infiltrate Religious Right As Well As Gun Groups  New York Magazine
  4. Russia’s not meddling? Then explain Maria Butina.  Washington Post
  5. Accused Russian Spy’s Boy Toy Is a Serial Fraud: Lawsuits  Daily Beast
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Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say

  1. Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say  New York Times
  2. Judge Orders Detention of Russian Gun Activist, Siding With Prosecutors Who See Her as a Flight Risk  Wall Street Journal
  3. US judge orders accused Russian agent jailed pending trial  Reuters
  4. Real-life ‘Red Sparrow’? Court filings allege Russian agent offered sex for access  ABC News
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Who is Maria Butina, the gun activist and student charged with spying for Russia?

Who is Maria Butina, the gun activist and student charged with spying for Russia?To some she was the flame-haired Russian face of their country’s gun lobby. To others she was a journalist. Some saw her as a mere student. But to the US government, she was a suspected spy. Now Maria Butina, 29, is facing federal conspiracy charges, appearing in court on Wednesday in Washington DC. Butina’s lawyers acknowledge that she has been intensively questioned by the Senate intelligence committee, but insist that she is just a student. Yet she has been on the FBI’s radar since at least 2015. Maria Butina Born in Barnaul, in Siberia, to an engineer mother and entrepreneur father, she was interested in politics from an early age and studied political science at Altu State University.  Her father and grandfather were hunters, she said in a 2016 interview, and she founded a group called The Right to Bear Arms in 2012 to promote liberalisation of gun ownership laws in Russia. Initially on graduating she followed in her businessman father’s footsteps, launching and running a furniture store in Siberia. But in 2011 she sold the store to move to Moscow to pursue a career in politics, and maintain her gun rights activism. She took up an unpaid role as a special assistant to a well-connected Russian senator, Aleksandr Torshin, and worked for him from 2011 to 2015 while he was serving on the Russian federal council as first vice chairman. He shared her passion for guns, being declared a life member of the NRA and travelling to the US for conferences – until he was stopped by sanctions in April of this year. By 2015 she was frequently in the US, and attended a Trump rally in Las Vegas a month after his candidacy was declared and asked him about his views on Vladimir Putin. “I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we get along with Putin. I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin, OK? I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well,” Mr Trump said. She also briefly met Donald Trump Jr. The following year she was studying for a masters in international relations at the American University’s Kogod School of Business, but her gun activism in Russia remained strong. “We and gun rights advocates in many other countries have learned important lessons from the American NRA,” Butina said at the time. “The power of average citizens steadily seeking ever greater gun rights through the power of persuasion and smart communication.” Maria Butina In February 2016, Butina set up a company in South Dakota with Republican veteran strategist Paul Erickson, with whom, according to the Washington Post, she was in a romantic relationship. In November, after the election, she held a fancy dress party in Washington DC attended by Mr Erickson and Trump campaign aides – reportedly bragging about being part of the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia. She then attended Mr Trump’s inauguration, the Washington Post reported, with Mr Erickson by her side.


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Maria Butina offered sex for power and cohabited with influential American, court papers allege

Maria Butina offered sex for power and cohabited with influential American, court papers allegeAlleged Russian foreign agent Maria Butina “cohabited” with a politically influential American and offered “sex in exchange for a position with a special interest organisation”, a pre-trial detention memo has claimed. The Justice Department released new details revealing how Ms Butina embedded herself into a guns rights organisation and circles of conservative leadership in Washington, in its attempt to keep the 29-year-old in custody until her trial date. In its memo, the Justice Department said Ms Butina was a clear flight risk due to her connections with billionaire Russian oligarchs, and that she would likely appeal to Russians who could help her flee the country.


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