Who is Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of spying on US?

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Maria Butina: Who is the alleged Russian spy?

Maria Butina, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. Who is she and what were your interactions with the United States?

A 29-year-old Russian woman accused of working as an undercover spy while in the United States on a student visa, remains behind bars.

Maria Butina, a Russian citizen, was arrested in July and accused of trying to infiltrate several organizations in the United States in the direction of an unnamed senior Kremlin officials. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges but remains in prison, as prosecutors argued, they could be considered a flight risk.

Butina has connections to a long-time GOP operative, as well as the National Rifle Association (NRA). She also asked President Trump a question about the United States ‘ relationship with Russia, when he was only a presidential candidate.

Read more to view a summary of Butina and the allegations against you.

So, who is she?

In this photo, Maria Butina, the leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally to support the legalization of the possession of handguns in Moscow.

(AP Photo)

Butina is a suspicion of covert Russian spy. She is a Russian citizen, was in the United States on a student visa, enrolled at the American University in Washington, DC, she received her graduate degree at the University in may.

She is known for her pro-gun activism, and founded a Russian gun rights group in Moscow.

The 29-year-old grew up in a modest apartment building in the Siberian city of Barnaul, closer to the Mongolian and Kazakh borders as Moscow.

She developed an interest in high-level policy after they visited to run a special camp for young political hopefuls of the pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, Konstantin Emeshin, the founder of the school of Real politics in Barnaul, told The Associated Press. Butina received her first degree from the school.

Why was she arrested?

Butina was arrested on may 15. July on suspicion it was acting in the United States, as a covert foreign agent for Russia. She is accused of trying to infiltrate several organizations in the United States in the direction of an unnamed senior Kremlin official in a long campaign.


You “access” to “an extensive network of U.S. persons in positions to influence the political activities in the United States” through life with and have a personal relationship with another individual,” according to court documents.

She allegedly offered, sex, someone “in exchange for a position in a special-interest organization.” Court records do not call these people.

Prosecutors said the FBI evidence has Butina has corresponded with the Russian secret service agents. They also had contact details of individuals said to himself, with Russia, the FSB, the main successor Agency of the former KGB, prosecutors,.

Butina was compared to Anna Chapman, the Russian spy, was arrested in 2010, and finally deported by Russian officials, the added in text messages, prosecutors.


Your arrest is not a part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian agreement in the election of 2016 and a possible collaboration with the trump campaign.

What is your connection to the Republicans?

Butina Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican, op -, trump – opening in January 2017.

Butina once a Trump, then a presidential candidate, about his foreign policy platform, particularly as he would a relationship between Russia and the United States, if he is elected. asked She was able to ask him a question during a 2015 city hall.

“I think I would get along very well with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” Trump told her.

She met Donald Trump Jr, the President of the oldest son in a 2016 NRA convention, reported The Washington Post.


She regularly interacts with members of the NRA and attended events and conferences, according to a court affidavit. She was also hostess of NRA leaders and gun-activists in Moscow, including a delegation included the former Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

She was also photographed with Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., while at an NRA meeting in 2015 in Tennessee. Walker denied that, in fact, a meeting with Butina.

“As we go to the events, we meet people, they often ask for an image,” Walker told reporters, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And this is not a meeting. A session is where you sit in a room and have a discussion.”

She’s also been photographed with the former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

What happens to her now?

Prosecutors say Maria Butina, probably, was in contact with Kremlin agents, while living in the United States. And prosecutors also accused of falsifying her with sex and fraud, influence, connections.

(Dana Verkouteren, via AP)

Butina pleaded not guilty on July 18, but she remains in prison awaiting trial. Prosecutors said appeared Butina, to abandon plans to Washington, DC were in the time of their arrest as their belongings stowed in crates, and the lease on their apartment was almost up.

Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, has denied Butina is a spy and said that she is looking for a “young student to make their way in America.”

Consular officials meet with Butina in prison, the Russian Embassy, said in a Facebook post.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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