Maria Butina, the Russian agent deported from the US, has been offered a job defending Russians jailed abroad. Tatyana Moskalkova, Russian high commissioner for human rights, offered Butina a job working for her, "defending compatriots abroad". Two years later, she was arrested by the FBI and charged with acting as an agent of the Russian Federation "without prior notification". The proposal suggested using NRA links to open unofficial communication lines to American conservatives and influence the Republican Party's foreign policy, which is traditionally hostile towards Russia. Officials said Butina was directed by Alexander Torshin, an influential former member of the Russian Senate. Mr Torshin was also investigated over allegations he funnelled money to the NRA in order to influence US conservative politics. During her sentencing hearing, Butina expressed regret, telling the court: "I destroyed my own life".
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By Reuters Staff. Butina, who flew back to Russia on Oct. Butina pleaded guilty in December last year to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia by infiltrating a gun rights group and influencing U.
Maria Butina developed a reputation in Russia for her love of guns - but it was her involvement with the National Rifle Association NRA that led to her getting in trouble with US authorities. At the end of she pleaded guilty to being directed by a Russian government official to "establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over American politics". The FBI said she plotted to use political groups, including the NRA, to establish "back channel" communication with official figures with the ultimate aim of influencing US foreign policy in favour of Russia. Butina was given an month sentence for her role in the endeavour and expressed regret at her involvement at trial.
Maria Butina, the Russian operative who used her activism with the National Rifle Association to illegally infiltrate U. A spokesperson for the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida, said Butina left the facility earlier in the morning and was taken into custody by immigration authorities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that Butina left the U. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics. In July , the gun-loving former aide to a top Russian official was arrested and charged with infiltrating politically powerful U. In December , she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the law governing foreign agents operating in the U.