Tag Archives: Maria Butina

Boyfriend Of Russia Spy Indicted For Money Laundering

The Daily Beast reports: Paul Erickson, the American political operative and boyfriend of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Dakota on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. The U.S. attorney for the district of South Dakota is handling the prosecution, which is separate from the case that was lodged against …

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Russia: We Caught That American Spy “Red-Handed”

Reuters reports: Russia said on Wednesday that it had caught former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, while he was in the act of carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room. Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service …

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REPORT: Kremlin Greenlighted Infiltration Of NRA

The Daily Beast reports: The Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the NRA and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story. Alexander Torshin, the Russian central bank official who spent years aggressively courting NRA leaders, briefed the Kremlin on his efforts …

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Russian Minister: It’s Too Soon To Consider A Spy Swap

The Associated Press reports: Russia’s deputy foreign minister brushed back suggestions Saturday that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could …

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US Man Held By Russia For Spying Holds Four Passports

The Washington Post reports: The Marine Corps found Paul Whelan, the American citizen detained by Russia on espionage charges, guilty of attempting to steal more than $10,000 worth of currency from the U.S. government while deployed to Iraq in 2006 and bouncing nearly $6,000 worth of checks around the same time, according to records obtained by The Washington Post. The …

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Russia Formally Charges USMC Veteran With Espionage

The New York Times reports: The Russian authorities have brought espionage charges against an American citizen, Paul N. Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. Mr. Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir A. Zherebenkov, who said he spent much of Wednesday with Mr. Whelan, said he had found his client in an …

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Prosecutors Fear For Safety Of NRA-Linked Russian Spy

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. government fears for the safety of Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian who’s cooperating with U.S. prosecutors after admitting she failed to register as a foreign agent, according to a court filing. “Although the fact of defendant Butina’s cooperation is now public, the details of her transportation to and from the jail are not,” Justice Department …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Pleads Guilty Of Conspiracy

Talking Points Memo reports: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal courtroom today to a conspiracy charge, according to reports from the courthouse. CNN reported that Butina admitted at the plea hearing to “knowingly engaging in conspiracy against the United States.” Butina ran much of her infiltration campaign while studying at a master’s program at …

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Russia Accuses US Of Torturing NRA-Linked Spy

CNN reports: The Russian government claims that Maria Butina, the accused Russian spy who had cultivated connections with the National Rifle Association before the 2016 US election, was “tortured” while in US custody. In an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova alleged that Butina was treated to a “medieval inquisition” while in detention and said …

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Putin: None Of My Spies Have Heard Of Maria Butina

The New York Post reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed none of his intelligence chiefs knows “anything about” alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. The 30-year-old grad student is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to conspiracy for working with a GOP operative and a Russian official to establish unofficial lines of communication between US politicians and the Kremlin. But …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Agrees To Plea Deal, Faces Five Years In Prison Depending On Her Level Of Cooperation

ABC News reports: Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Changes Plea To Guilty

Talking Points Memo reports: Prosecutors and Maria Butina — a Russian national who’s been accused of being an unregistered foreign agent — requested Monday that a judge schedule a hearing this week so that Butina can change her plea. The filing was a suggestion that Butina and prosecutors may have reached a plea deal in the case. Butina had pleaded …

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Feds Target GOP Boyfriend Of NRA-Linked Russian Spy

The Daily Beast reports: Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican politico whose Russian girlfriend is in jail on charges she acted as a covert foreign agent, has been informed that he may face similar accusations. The Daily Beast reviewed a so-called “target letter” that federal investigators sent Erickson’s lawyer, which said they are considering bringing charges against him under Section 951 …

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NRA-Linked Alleged Russia Spy Seeks Plea Agreement

Bloomberg reports: Lawyers for alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have entered into negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to a document filed in federal court Friday. The two sides requested to postpone the next hearing in the case because they are currently “in negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter,” indicating that they are working towards a plea agreement. Butina …

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Accused Russian Agent Shopped Access To Putin With NRA, Pitched Putin TV Show To Outdoor Channel Execs

ABC News reports: Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent who stands accused of developing a covert influence operation in the United States, boasted of connections to high-ranking Kremlin officials and even shopped access to Russian President Vladimir Putin, ABC News has learned. Dozens of pages of email correspondence between August 2015 and November 2016, obtained exclusively by ABC News, reveal …

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GOP Rep Dined With Accused NRA/Russian Spy In DC

ABC News reports: When FBI counterintelligence agents plowed through the emails of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina’s networking around Washington, they discovered her plan to arrange “friendship and dialogue dinners” with influential Americans. At one dinner, ABC News has learned, in February 2017 at the tony French eaterie, Bistro Bis, one guest who dined with the then-28 year old Russian …

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REPORT: NRA-Affiliated Woman Charged As Russian Agent Offered Sex To Infiltrate Special Interest Group

NPR reports: A Russian woman charged this week with serving as a foreign agent was in regular contact with Russian intelligence, the Justice Department says, and she attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted. Prosecutors included that information in court documents as part of their request that Maria Butina be detained ahead of …

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NRA-Affiliated Woman Charged With Spying For Russia

The Guardian reports: A Washington-based pro-gun activist affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been charged with spying in the US for Russia. Maria Butina was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian federation within the US without prior notification to the attorney general. Butina, 29, was arrested on Sunday and appeared before a magistrate …

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