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General News    H3'ed 7/20/18

Maria Butina: the Russian accused of using sex, lies and guns to infiltrate US politics

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Butina, a 29-year-old flame-haired Russian who once posed with guns in Russian GQ magazine, pleaded not guilty this week to charges she acted as a covert Russian agent working with a Kremlin-connected banker to spread influence in the US. Prosecutors allege she conspired with Russian official Alexander Torshin, in a plan spanning several years that "was calculated, patient, and directed by the Russian Official." 

FBI agents arrested Butina at her apartment and charged her with conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent in the US. Betraying little emotion and clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, Butina watched in court Wednesday as a government prosecutor deemed it "absurd" to believe she was nothing more than a recent graduate.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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