Russian Maria Butina Gets 18 Months for Being Kremlin Agent

Butina admitted last year to covertly gathering intelligence on the NRA and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker.

  • Published 26 April 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quivering voice, Maria Butina begged for leniency Friday as she awaited sentencing on charges of being a secret agent for Russia. She cast herself as an innocent caught up in a massive geopolitical power game. But a federal judge sentenced her to 18 months in prison followed by deportation. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan sided with prosecutors, who said the 30-year-old Russian deliberately obscured her true purposes while developing backdoor… Read at AP News