Accused Russian spy Butina met with Federal Reserve and US Treasury officials
The meetings were held in 2015.
According to Reuters, arrested in the US on charges of espionage Maria Butina met with Federal Reserve Chairman Stanley Fischer and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs. At the meetings that were held in 2015, the deputy head of the Central Bank, Alexander Torshin, was present to discuss US-Russian economic relations.
It is reported that the meetings of the Russian woman with Fischer were organized by Washington think tank. Fischer, in an email to Reuters, confirmed he met with Torshin and his interpreter. Another person familiar with the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it occurred on April 7, 2015, and confirmed Butina attended.
Butina, 29, is known as a defender of the interests of law-abiding owners of weapons, the woman headed the Right to Bear Arms organization.
Let's remind, Butina was detained in Washington on July 15. She is charged with conspiracy to unregistered activities in favor of a foreign state in the territory of the United States. According to the investigation, from 2015 to February 2017, she worked on the instructions of a high-ranking Russian official. Perhaps we are talking about Alexander Torshin. According to the prosecution, Butina tried to set up personal ties with high-level officials to influence American politics. Also, the girl is charged with "working as an agent without registration." The FBI does not exclude that she could be associated with the FSB.
The lawyer of the Russian woman insists on the innocence of the client and calls accusations excessive. Arrestee Butina rejects all charges. If found guilty, she faces up to 15 years in prison.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.