US retailer founder quits after affair with spy Maria Butina

US retailer founder quits after affair with spy Maria Butina
Maria Butina

He explained his decision by the fact that his presence could adversely affect the company's activities and complicates business relations.

The founder of the US online retailer Overstock, Patrick Byrne, leaves the company after his affair with Russian woman Maria Butina, who is doing a prison term in the United States for working as a foreign agent, was revealed. RBC reports with reference to The New York Times.

Byrne wrote a letter to Overstock shareholders informing them of his resignation and offered this explanation: “While I believe that I did what was necessary for the good of the country, for the good of the firm, I am in the sad position of having to sever ties with Overstock, both as CEO and board member, effective Thursday, August 22.”

As the CrimeRussia has written, Butina was detained in 2018. In April this year, she was convicted of conspiracy to illegally work for the Russian government and sentenced. By that time, she had been in custody for nine months. Butina will be released in November, after which she will be deported from the United States.

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