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US: Russian In Spy Case Pleads Guilty

A Russian woman accused in the US of acting as an agent for the Kremlin to infiltrate political groups has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors, according to the BBC.

According to the report, gun rights activist Maria Butina, 30, has admitted to engaging in a conspiracy against the US in a federal court in Washington DC.

She allegedly tried to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an effort to influence US policies.

Ms Butina initially pleaded not guilty. She has been in custody since July.

Federal prosecutors have claimed that Ms Butina was directed by a senior Russian official to infiltrate conservative political groups, including an unnamed pro-gun lobbying organisation that is presumed to be the NRA, which is close to Mr Trump’s Republican Party.

One of the two Americans cited in the case has been identified in US media as Paul Erickson, a South Dakota-based conservative political activist who was dating Ms Butina. He is listed in public records as being 56 years old.

Media reports identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who was targeted with US sanctions.

The Russian government has previously described the case as “fabricated”

She is accused of working with a Russian official and two US citizens.

1 COMMENT

  1. This article is to sketchy,it dosent reflect the true facts about this case.There is a lot more to this,its in the same stile the Russians used in the 1930,and what we call the cold war era.You will soon see a book written about this lady.

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