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Grand jury indicts Russian national Maria Butina


By -- CBS News—— Bio and Archives--July 18, 2018

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A grand jury has formally indicted Russian national Maria Butina on two charges, conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent without prior notification of the attorney general. She is alleged to have tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations on behalf of a high-ranking Russian official over several years. At one point during the presidential campaign, she and the official tried unsuccessfully to broker a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The indictment states that the 29-year-old Butina, who was arrested Sunday, entered the U.S. in August 2016 on an F-1 student visa. On her visa application, Butina stated she had been previously employed as special assistant to a Russian official, Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, but her employment with him had ended on May 20, 2016. In April 2018, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Torshin.—More…


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