6 months Russian agent gets 18 months for US interference Manilatimes |World
WASHINGTON: Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow’s interference in US politics, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison. The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, the 30-year-old Siberian native used her ties to the National Rifle Association to build a network of powerful Republican contacts. She had admitted one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without registering — a so-called “espionage-lite” charge the US has used before against alleged Russian spies.
Maria Butina AFP PHOTOProsecutors said that although she worked openly ... more