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A Russian gun rights activist pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate the conservative movement in the United States as an agent for the Kremlin from 2015 until her arrest in July 2017.
Maria Butina, 30, became the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy in the run-up and through the 2016 election as a foreign agent, agreeing to cooperate in a plea deal with U.S. investigators in exchange for less prison time.
The article goes on to state the following:
Butina admitted to working with an American political operative and under the direction of a former Russian senator and deputy governor of Russia’s central bank to forge bonds with officials at the National Rifle Association, conservative leaders, and 2016 U.S. presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, whose rise to the Oval Office she presciently predicted to her Russian contact.
Butina operated as a Kremlin agent as she befriended National Rifle Association leaders and influential conservatives, she admitted Thursday in federal court in Washington. https://t.co/JGmycpaHem
— Kevin Whitelaw (@KevinWhitelaw1) December 13, 2018
Maria Butina has officially pleaded guilty.
She is the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy around time of 2016 election https://t.co/9VcdOvuQrU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2018
JUST IN: Russian operative Maria Butina, who is accused of infiltrating politically powerful U.S. organizations, including the NRA, pleads guilty to conspiracy. https://t.co/8OSS6Y3VsA
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 13, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) December 13, 2018
Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of acting as an agent of Moscow, pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to influence U.S. politics https://t.co/E2maAr0bI7
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 13, 2018
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