Maria Butina

The 30-year-old gun enthusiast who turned out to be a Russian spy

The 30-year-old gun enthusiast operated as a Kremlin agent as she befriended National Rifle Association leaders and influential conservatives, she admitted Thursday in federal court in Washington.

Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” prosecutor Erik Kenerson said at the hearing, reading from the government’s statement of facts. “Butina sought to use those unofficial lines of communication for the benefit of the Russian Federation.”

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