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Russian charged with infiltrating US political groups under Kremlin direction

July 16, 2018 7:24 PM
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Russian citizen Maria Butina, 29, has been charged with acting as an agent of Russia inside the United States.

Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen was arrested on 15 July 2018 in Washington DC, where she lives.

The US Department of Justice said in a statement: "According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank.

"The court filings detail the Russian official's and Butina's efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organisations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation."

Source: news.sky.com

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