Butina Saw US Political Analysis as ‘Valuable’ to Russia

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

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be “valuable” for Russian officials. Maria Butina, who admitted covertly gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker, spoke to National Public Radio in an…

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