Prosecutors want suspected covert Russian agent kept in jail

Clay Curtis
July 18, 2018

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, an Obama appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the government had proved there are no conditions of release or combination of conditions that would ensure Butina would return to court for her trial.

She also had contact information for people who investigators believe were employees of Russia's Federal Security Services, or FSB, the successor intelligence agency to the KGB.

She has been accused of working with a high-powered Russian official and two unnamed American citizens, trying to infiltrate a pro-gun rights organisation in the United States and trying to influence USA foreign policy toward Russia.

Butina now faces charges of conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. A judge will hear arguments today on whether to keep Butina in jail as the court case moves forward. Butina had been living in Washington since 2016, after coming to the USA on a student visa to study at American University.

"On at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than US Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special-interest organization", prosecutors said.

She said people were sitting with calculators and watches to time the arrest of the 29-year-old Russian student in Washington in order to best minimise the success of the Trump-Putin Summit.

Butina was arrested over the weekend amid signs that she planned to leave the country.

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Those steps, according to the document, included applying for a visa that would allow her to travel to and from the US; looking into getting a moving truck and purchasing moving boxes; making a wire transfer of $3,500 to an account in Russian Federation; packing up her belongings, and leaving a letter telling her landlord she and US Person 1 would end their lease by the end of July.

The FBI uncovered evidence that Butina appeared to be "in contact with officials believed to be Russian intelligence operatives" during her time in the USA, according to the US.

Federal prosecutors allege that the official's comparisons between the two women - along with other conversions about Butina acting "covertly" - show she is "on par with other covert Russian agents". You have upstaged Anna Chapman. One such exchange occurred a month before the US presidential election when Butina said she understood that "everything has to be quiet and careful".

On January 20, 2017, in response to a photo that Butina sent to Torshin near the Capitol on Inauguration Day, Torshin allegedly responded: "You're a daredevil girl!" That official, who left the U.S. in March, was suspected of being a Russian intelligence officer, according to prosecutors. "What can I say!" This Russian official was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control in April 2018.

She is suspected of gathering intelligence on USA officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin. She is also accused of trying to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin.

The NRA has so far made no comment this week about the Butina charges or the Torshin connection. Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, has called the allegations "overblown" and denied his client was a Russian agent. She's the latest Russian to be charged in an expanding investigation that on Friday led to the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers who allegedly stole and disseminated emails from Democratic groups.

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