US Justice Department charged Russian with espionage
According to some reports, Maria Butina worked as an assistant to the deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank, Alexander Torshin.
Russian citizen Maria Butina has been detained on suspicion of espionage in a Russian official's behalf who is under sanctions in Washington, US Justice Department reports.
Butina's name had already been mentioned in the media within the investigation of interference in US elections. In particular, the American publications wrote that graduate of the Altai State University's faculty of political science Maria Butina participated in the pre-election events of Donald Trump and turned out to be a good acquaintance of the well-known figure of the Republican Party Paul Erickson.
At various receptions the girl introduced herself as an employee of the Russian Central Bank, then the defender of the gun rights, a "representative of the Russian Federation", a student from Washington, a journalist, and an intermediary between the Trump team and Russia. She used every role to get new high-ranking acquaintances in the US capital, wrote American The Daily Beast.
According to the sources of the newspaper, Butina had a joint business with Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican insider. In addition, she worked as an assistant to the deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank, Alexander Torshin, the former member of the Federation Council, the member of the Putin's political party allegedly associated with the Russian underworld.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?