Maria Butina Photo: Mary butinai the page in Facebook
In the court of Washington read out the charges to the citizen of Russia Maria Butunoi. About it reports TASS.
29-year-old Russian accused of “participation in a conspiracy with the purpose of acting in favor of a foreign state on the territory of the United States,” as well as in business activities without being registered with the Ministry of justice as an agent of a foreign state. She could face up to 15 years in prison if she’s convicted.
Butina in the course of the trial pleaded not guilty. The lawyer of Russians Robert Neil Driscoll said that his client was not trying to affect U.S. policy or undermine it. According to him, the essence of the charges against her simply inflated.
Following session on business will take place on July 24.
Driscoll later told RIA Novosti that his client gave to the U.S. Senate eight thousand pages of documents, as well as an 8-hour interrogation.
About the detention of Butinai it became known on July 16. It is assumed that she worked for top-ranking officials of the Russian government, which is under US sanctions.
It was noted that the woman also connected with the organization promoting the right to own guns. In official documents the official name and the company name is not specified, however, Politico notes that Butina — assistant of former Senator Alexander Torshin, supporting the National rifle Association of the United States.
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