Maria Butina Bio
Maria Butina,was born on 10 November 1988. She is a political activist, alleged to be a Russian agent, and the founder of “Right to Bear Arms,” a Russian gun rights group. She used to work for Aleksandr Torshin, a former Russian senator belonging to Vladimir Putin’s political party and deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia. She is also alleged to have ties with the Russian mafia. In recent years, Butina has developed extensive ties to conservative American political circles.
|Born||She was born on November 10, 1988Barnaul, Altai Krai, Russia|
|Age||She is currently 29 years old, as of 2018|
|Known For||Her Political activism and being arrested for conspiracy to act as a Russian government agent while infiltrating political groups in the U.S.|
Maria Butina Biography
Maria Butina is a political activist, alleged to be a Russian agent, and the founder of “Right to Bear Arms,” a Russian gun rights group. She used to work for Aleksandr Torshin, a former Russian senator belonging to Vladimir Putin’s political party and deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia. She is also alleged to have ties with the Russian mafia. In recent years, Butina has developed extensive relationships to conservative American political circles.
Maria Butina Arrest
On July 15th, 2018, Butina was arrested in Washington, D.C. by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation. In an affidavit supporting her arrest warrant, the FBI wrote that Butina sought to “exploit personal connections with U.S. persons influencing American politics to advance the interests of the Russian Federation.” Before her arrest, along with Torshin and Paul Erickson, an American political operative, were under investigation for their potential involvement in Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential elections. Torshin was also in the federals watchlist for a probe into whether the Russian government had attempted to illegally funnel money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
Maria Butina's arrest is a HUGE DEAL:
-Connected w/ NRA, which spent $30 million to elect Trump
-LLC partners w/ GOP operative Paul Erickson who advised Trump's transition
-Bragged she was part of Trump campaign’s communications w/ Russia
-Tried to set up Putin/Trump meeting
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) July 16, 2018
Maria Butina Involvement in U.S. politics
In February 2016, Butina started a South Dakota business, Bridges LLC, with Erickson. The company is described as “including but not limited to a consulting company”. Erickson later said the company was created to provide financial assistance for Butina’s graduate studies, which Butina commenced in mid-2016. Later that year Erickson sent an email with the subject line “Kremlin Connection” to Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn, repeatedly asking Dearborn and then-Senator Jeff Sessions for advice on setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin at an annual National Rifle Association of America (NRA), an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun rights Convention. Butina hosted a birthday party attended by Erickson and Trump campaign aides shortly after the 2016 election.
Butina, Torshin, and Erickson have been subjects of an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. Torshin has also been the subject of a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigations into whether the Russian government attempted to illegally funnel money to the NRA to help Trump win the presidency.
On 15 July 2018 Butina was arrested in Washington, D.C, is charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General. According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank. The court filings detail the Russian official’s and Butina’s efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations influencing American politics, to advance the interests of the Russian Federation. The filings also describe specific actions taken by Butina to further this effort during multiple visits from Russia and, later, when she entered and resided in the United States on a student visa. The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of the Russian government, as required by law