The Russian woman, Maria Butina, which at the end of last year, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to lobby for the interests of Russia among the members of the Republican party, was released from custody today, October 25.
In April 2019 Butina was sentenced in U.S. court to 18 months in prison.
“It would be wrong to say that it was one huge gigantic plan and I am part of some giant Grand plan,said Butina NPR after sentencing. — Evidence is not. And I don’t know that there is a definite plan“.
The Russian was released from prison in Tallahassee (FL), and it is transferred to the immigration center in Miami for deportation. Russia’s Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said that tomorrow she will return to Russia.
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According to her profile in social networks, Butina was born in the southern Siberian city of Barnaul in 1988 and studied political science at the University.
Convicted since childhood, fond of arms, which subsequently established a Russian lobbying group called “gun rights”.
Butina also traveled back and forth to the US to attend conventions of the National rifle Association (NRA). In 2015 she attended the event campaign trump in Las Vegas, asking the candidate about his views on U.S. sanctions against Russia.
In 2016, she moved to the United States on a student visa to get a master’s degree at American University in Washington. Butina was arrested by the FBI in July of 2018 on charges that she acted as an agent of the Russian Federation. It is believed that she was connected with the person of the inner circle of Vladimir Putin — Alexander Torshin.
During sentencing Butina expressed regret for his actions, telling the court: “I ruined my own life“.