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Case of US man held as spy in Russia stalls without answers

Jun. 3, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of a Michigan corporate security executive on espionage allegations in Russia seemed to his family like a horrible mistake, a misunderstanding that could be quickly resolved with help from the U.S. government. But it hasn't worked out that way. Six months later, and despite...

Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

May. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...

Russian agent saw political analysis as 'valuable' to Russia

May. 10, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be "valuable" for Russian officials. Maria Butina, who admitted...

Russian embassy visits Butina in prison

May. 3, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's embassy in the United States says its diplomats have visited the gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison last week for being an unregistered agent of Russia. In a Facebook statement on Friday, the embassy said Maria Butina is "bearing the burdens of imprisonment staunchly and...

Russian agent Butina lashes out at US justice system

Apr. 30, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian gun rights activist convicted in the U.S. of conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent has lashed out at the American justice system. Maria Butina told reporters in Moscow in a conference call Tuesday from a U.S. jail that "I didn't expect such a severe punishment." They...