Maria Butin was arrested on the day of talks between Putin and Trump.
In Washington on July 15, a 29-year-old Russian citizen, Maria Butin, was arrested on suspicion of being “an agent of the Russian government” without notifying the US authorities, the US Justice Department reported . On July 16, the girl was charged, including in an attempt to “penetrate into organizations that have influence on American politics.” She faces up to five years in prison.
A Russian resident in Washington is credited with “conspiring to work as an agent of a foreign state” without official disclosure of the fact. The District Court of Columbia arrested Butin before the hearings, which are scheduled for July 18.
According to the investigation, from 2015 and at least until February 2017 Butina worked “on the orders of a high-ranking official of the Russian government”, which is under the sanctions of the US Treasury. The materials of the Ministry of Justice do not specify the name of this person, but indicated that he had previously worked as a member of parliament, and then became a high-ranking representative in the Central Bank. The media assumed that it was the deputy head of the Bank of Russia, Alexander Torshin.
A girl with the same name, 29-year-old Maria Butina, is a member of the board of the public organization “The Right to Arms”. In February 2017, she visited the National Prayer Breakfast with Donald Trump as part of the delegation. Torshin was organizing the Russian delegation.