Arrested Russian Agent with NRA & GOP Ties Traded Sex for Political Influence

Maria ButinaMaria Butina, the NRA linked accused spy was in contact with Russian intelligence, prosecutors say. The Russian woman charged with spying in the US was in contact with suspected Russian intelligence officers and a billionaire oligarch linked to the Kremlin, US authorities said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Maria Butina had contact details for “individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB”, and that investigators found a handwritten note that asked: “How to respond to FSB offer of employment?”

Butina, 29, also entered into in a sham relationship with an American political operative to help her activities, and offered someone else sex in return for a position within an activist group, according to a court filing by the government.

The new information was presented by prosecutors as they asked a judge in Washington to keep Butina in jail in advance of her trial for conspiracy and illegally operating as a foreign agent inside the US. She is accused of working to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Republican party.

Butina pleaded not guilty to the charges at a court hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Judge Deborah Robinson ordered she be detained and denied bail. The next hearing was scheduled for 24 July.