Butina partially pleads guilty of violating US law

Butina partially pleads guilty of violating US law
Maria Butina Photo: Pavel Ptitsin / AP

The charge of espionage is excluded from the criminal case the Russian.

Russian Maria Butina, arrested in the United States, made a deal with the investigation and admitted that she violated the US foreign agents' laws. The charge of espionage is excluded from the criminal case the Russian. The next trial will be held on December 13, Kommersant reports.

According to investigators, at least since 2011, Butina has established contacts with the organization defending the right to bear weapons and Political Party No 1, that is, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Republican Party of the United States. In December 2015, the Russian woman allegedly organized a trip to Russia for NRA representatives and a meeting of foreigners with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and then wrote to the Central Bank deputy head Alexander Torshin: “We have to let them express their gratitude now, and then slowly put pressure on them.”

The investigation believes that Butina arranged friendship dinners in the United States and invited influential Americans in the interest of Russia, and also organized the participation of people chosen by Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in 2017. This is an annual Protestant event, which is attended by the US President.

Butina is threatened with deportation to Russia and imprisonment of up to six months. At the same time, the Russian woman has already spent almost five months in the pre-trial detention center.

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