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Russian Woman Charged With Acting As Foreign Agent

Law360 (July 16, 2018, 9:35 PM EDT) -- A Russian citizen and former graduate student at American University was arrested over the weekend on charges she acted at the behest of a high-ranking Kremlin official as a “covert agent” of the Russian government, Justice Department officials announced Monday.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., unsealed a criminal complaint accusing Maria Butina, 29, of cultivating “back channel” lines of communication with American politicians — including through an unnamed gun rights organization — to further Russian interests. She was arrested Sunday and is being held out without...
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