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Russian Maria Butina, arrested in the US on charges of conspiring to conduct activities in a foreign state, met with senior U.S. officials the administration of former President Barack Obama. About it reports Reuters.
Butina came to the USA in April 2015 together with the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Alexander Torshin, which in 2018 was included in the so-called “the Kremlin list” of the U.S. Treasury and is under the sanctions.
They held two meetings with the Vice-Chairman of the Federal reserve system Stanley Fischer (Stanley Fischer) and Nathan Sitcom (Nathan Sheets), who was then Deputy Minister of Finance. They discussed Russian-American relations. Information about these meetings is contained in the report of the Washington analytical Center of national interests, which acted as the organizer of events and which, as underlined by the Agency, famous for supporting Pro-Russian views.
Fisher confirmed to Reuters that the meeting with Torshin and translator. According to him, they talked about the state of the Russian economy and the appointment of the Chairman of the Central Bank on a post. An Agency source who attended the event, added that it took place on 7 April 2015, and Butina was on it. Sheets, currently working in the company PGIM, from comments he refused.
Moreover, Torshin and Butina during his visit he participated in a closed discussion on the financial situation of Russia and its influence on Russian politics, which also took place in the Center for the national interest. This information was confirmed by the center’s Executive Director Paul J. Saunders (Paul Saunders).
About the arrest of a 29-year-old Maria Butunoi it became known on July 16. Intelligence agencies believe that Butina participated in the conspiracy by order of the senior officials of the Russian government, which is under sanctions. Also it is accused of illegal activities as inherent. A Russian woman faces up to 15 years in prison.
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