Southforward.com – Mariia Butina, woman charged with being an agent for the Russian government in the United States (US) is facing up to 10 years in prison.
Reported by Reuters on Wednesday (18/7/2018), Butina underwent a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in federal court.
As is known, Mariia Butina was arrested by security authorities in the US on Sunday after being accused of being an agent for the Russian government.
The US jury added a serious indictment against Mariia Butina, a Russian woman who was arrested for conspiracy to influence US politics.
Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll, insists his client is not a Russian agent. So far, Butina has not been charged as a member of the Russian intelligence service.
It is known that Butina is one of the students at American University in Washington. He is also known as the founder of the pro-arms group of Russian origin ‘Right to Bear Arms’.
He was charged with operating under the direction of a high-ranking Russian official sanctioned by the US economy.
The Russian high official was called to work at the Russian Central Bank. The name of the official was not named in the indictment, but reports of some media referred to him as Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Russia, Alexander Torshin.