Russian agent for Kremlin sentenced to 18 months

A Russian woman who admitted to being a secret agent for the Kremlin has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The defendant, Maria Butina, will also be deported after she completes her sentence. (April 26)

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Butina’s lawyer hopes she will be deported to Russia in ‘weeks’

Maria Butina may be deported to Russia as early as next month, according to her lawyer. She was detained and accused of being a “Russian agent” by the U.S. Department of Justice in July. Robert Driscoll says he’s hopeful that she will be released in “two to six weeks”, and joins us to discuss the issue now.

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‘That wasn’t spying case at all’ – Lawyer of charged Russian Maria Butina

RT speaks to Robert Driscoll, lawyer of charged Russian Maria Butina

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‘Not about justice but making a political point’: Butina, Huawei exec cases spark concern

After months of detention in a US prison, Russian national Maria Butina has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent. But there’s some worry that she’s being used as a political pawn and, moreover, that she’s not alone in this respect. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9kgo

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‘She doesn’t deserve this’: Maria Butina’s father talks about the efforts to free his daughter

Russian #student – now accused of being a Kremlin spy in #America, has seen her request to be moved from solitary confinement rejected by a U.S. court. RT’s Daniel Hawkins spoke exclusively to #MariaButina’s father, about the efforts to free her and the conditions she’s being held in.

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‘Russian agent’ didn’t offer sexual bribe, US government admits

U.S. prosecutors have admitted to falsely accusing an alleged Russian spy of offering sex in exchange for employment. Maria Butina is currently in custody awaiting trial over the claims. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9dyf

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Like ‘Salem witch trials’: Butina treated ‘inhumanly’ in custody, starts crowd funding campaign

Maria Butina, the gun activist who’s been charged with acting as an unregistered Russian agent in the US, has been transfered to another prison, without her lawyer’s knowledge.

Russian diplomats had compared Butina’s treatment in custody and the media hysteria around the case, to the witch trials of the 17th century.

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Butina lawyer: ‘This is registration type of crime, not spy one’

Media reports that portray Maria Butina as a spy misrepresent the actual charges leveled against her, and no evidence has been produced to back allegations that the Russian activist was a “honey trap,” Butina’s lawyer told RT. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9bhm

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CrossTalk: #MariaButina

Can you think of a more intriguing storyline – one that includes an attractive Russian woman, money, guns, politics, power and, yes, spying?! Unfortunately for Maria Butina, this is not a storyline, but her life at the moment. Is she the most recent casualty of the West’s phobia of all things related to Russia?

CrossTalking with Ray McGovern, Joe Lauria, and Alexander Mercouris.

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