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Monday, July 16, 2018

Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office. Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in Washington D.C., was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and made her initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was ordered held pending a hearing set for July 18, 2018.


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According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank. This Russian official was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control in April 2018. The court filings detail the Russian official's and Butina's efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation. The filings also describe certain actions taken by Butina to further this effort during multiple visits from Russia and, later, when she entered and resided in the United States on a student visa. The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of Russian government, as required by law.

More about Russian gun babe Maria. Some NRA leadership must be squirming now. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-kremlin-and-gop-have-a-new-friendand-boy-does-she-love-guns


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Damn, I like your title way better than mine:


#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-16 05:25 PM | Reply

You must be an honest earnest nice person that is truthful without malice. I have heard about people like you.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-16 05:29 PM | Reply

Makes sense. The NRA has always been against the interests of the United States; just like Russia.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-07-16 05:37 PM | Reply

#2 If only you could hear me yelling at the TV every time Donnie Boy comes on and open's his yap.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-16 06:09 PM | Reply

#2 Just read this and was reminded of your post:

"With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." -- Abraham Lincoln

No, Donald, you will never be in the same league as Honest Abe, who, unlike you, appealed to the better angels of the nation.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-16 07:01 PM | Reply

"Butina is a former assistant of Alexander Torshin -- a top official at Russia's central bank, close ally of Putin, and alleged friend of the Russian mob. The FBI is reportedly investigating Torshin for illegally funneling money to the NRA so as to aid Trump's 2016 campaign."


#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-07-16 07:07 PM | Reply

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