- The Washington Post
Maria Butina, the Russian woman charged in federal court last week with acting as an unregistered agent of her government, received financial support from Konstantin Nikolaev, a Russian billionaire with investments in U.S. energy and technology companies, according to a person familiar with testimony she gave Senate investigators.
Butina was ordered held without bond this week after she was charged with conspiring to work as a Russian agent. Prosecutors allege that she sought to meet GOP politicians and infiltrate conservative organizations, including the National Rifle Association, at the direction of a Russian government official, in an attempt to advance the Kremlin’s interests.
Ms.Butina frequently appeared in talk shows on Russian TV and fiercely promoted the idea of free circulation of arms pointing to the USA as proper example.In August 2016, she came to Washington to study full time as a graduate student at American University.
It is absolutely crazy, stupid idea and her right place is in a mad house.
As I understand she just moved to the land of her dreams and as a result got a lesson of American democracy.Maria Butina, 29, founded a Russian group called the Right to Bear Arms.
The story is funny. In fact ms.Butina hasn't done anything special. Anything that she done is not prohibited by the law. She lived under her real name and didn't try to get any state secrets.
Exclusive: Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.
The meetings, revealed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report from a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, Fed vice chairman at the time, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.
Butina traveled to the United States in April 2015 with Alexander Torshin, then the Russian Central Bank deputy governor...
And what? Any more or less important Russian official has close ties with Putin.Butina worked for Torshin, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and served as his interpreter at various Washington events.
As for ms.Butina then it would be very kind of US prosecutors to keep her in detention as long as possible.