Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

Politics 05/19/19, 14:19

A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other ...

Russian agent Butina lashes out at US justice system

Politics 04/30/19, 14:45

The Russian gun rights activist convicted in the U.S. of conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent has lashed out at the American justice system. Maria Butina told reporters in Moscow in a conference call Tuesday from a U.S. jail that "I didn't expect such a severe punishment." They were ...

Judge sets April sentencing in Russian secret agent case

Politics 03/28/19, 11:10

A Russian gun-rights activist will be sentenced next month after admitting she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina appeared briefly Thursday in federal court in Washington and U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan set Butina's ...

Lawyer: Suspected US spy had classified docs on him

World 01/22/19, 06:27

The lawyer for an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said on Tuesday that his client was given a flash drive containing Russian "state secrets" before he was arrested, but did not know he had them and had not looked at them.Paul Whelan, a former U.S. ...

Moscow says it will help Russian despite her guilty plea

Europe 12/14/18, 05:35

Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate ...

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

Politics 12/13/18, 12:49

A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal ...

Russia: Putin says he only heard of alleged spy after arrest

Europe 12/11/18, 11:32

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he never heard of a woman who is accused of spying for Moscow in the United States until her July arrest.Putin said Tuesday that when he asked Russian intelligence services for information about 30-year-old Maria Butina, he was told "no one knows anything about her."U.S. ...

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case ‘resolved’

Politics 12/10/18, 11:11

Prosecutors say they have "resolved" a case against a woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, a sign that she likely has taken a plea deal.The information was included in a court filing Monday in the case against Maria Butina. Her lawyers and federal prosecutors have ...

Possible resolution appears near in Russian agent case

Politics 11/28/18, 17:19

A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government appears to be coming closer to a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors or other resolution of her criminal case. Court documents filed Wednesday say Maria Butina's lawyers and federal prosecutors "remain optimistic about a pretrial resolution" of her case. ...

US negotiating possible resolution in Russian agent case

Politics 11/16/18, 13:37

New court papers reveal that a woman accused of being a Russian agent is in negotiations with federal prosecutors about a "potential resolution" to her case. Lawyers for Maria Butina and federal prosecutors in Washington made the disclosure in a joint filing Friday. It's the first acknowledgement that the 30-year-old gun-rights ...

Russian held as agent studied US groups’ cyberdefenses

Politics 10/29/18, 01:37

A year before federal prosecutors accused Maria Butina of operating as a secret agent for the Russian government, she was a graduate student at American University working on a sensitive project involving cybersecurity.Butina's college assignment called for her to gather information on the cyberdefenses of U.S. nonprofit organizations that champion ...

Update: Russian lawmaker at UN pushes for Butina release

New York 09/24/18, 14:30

The Latest on President Donald Trump at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):2:10 p.m.A senior Russian lawmaker who is under U.S. sanctions is pushing for the release of jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina during a special visit to New York.Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house of parliament's ...

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