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01:40  07 december  2018
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Accused Russian agent Maria Butina wants to be released from solitary confinement: Lawyer

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina wants to be released from solitary confinement: Lawyer Butina was arrested and charged with allegedly conspiring with her ex-boss to infiltrate powerful U.S. organizations, including the NRA, and to push Moscow's agenda. Her attorney, Robert Driscoll, told the court Tuesday that she hasn't violated any rules at the detention center in Alexandria, Virginia, and "during the weeks she was allowed to live with the general population at the Alexandria detention center, she interacted well with her fellow inmates and created no incidents." He said Butina was transferred to administrative segregation on Nov. 21 under false pretext.

Butina 's attorneys and federal prosecutors declared in a November 16, 2018 court filing that they had entered into plea negotiations.[45]. For example, the current hysteria may have motivated the recent arrest and indictment of Maria Butina , a former Russian graduate student at American University in

Butina pled not not guilty to being a Kremlin foreign agent. Prosecutors revealed more today, including allegations that Butina had transactional sex with more than one U.S. person, who has not yet been named. Live news and some analytical tweets follow, including my own take on what this is and where

Maria Butina plea deal may be near© Facebook/Maria Butina Maria Butina at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee (April 2015)

Attorneys for Maria Butina and the Justice Department gave more signs Thursday morning they are negotiating a plea deal for the accused Russian spy.

In a conference call with a federal judge in Washington, the attorneys said another upcoming hearing in the case should be canceled and that subpoenas planned for American University, where Butina was a graduate student, may be withdrawn by the end of this week.

Judge denies request to move alleged Russian agent out of solitary confinement

Judge denies request to move alleged Russian agent out of solitary confinement A federal district court judge on Wednesday denied a request from Maria Butina's defense attorneys to move the alleged Russian agent out of solitary confinement. Judge Tanya Chutkan, of the federal District Court for the District of Columbia, said Butina's attorneys did not submit substantial evidence to prove that she was unjustly being kept isolated from the other inmates in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandri a, Va. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government appears to be coming closer to a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors or other resolution of her criminal case, according to court documents filed Wednesday.Lawyers for Maria Butina and federal prosecutors wrote

Maria Butina , a Russian woman who has been in custody since the summer facing charges that she is a foreign agent, may conclude a plea agreement Butina appears to have reported back to a Russian government official, Alexander Torshin, who also spent years cultivating relationships with the NRA

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys have previously indicated they were negotiating to end Butina's case.

Butina was charged this summer for illegally acting as a foreign agent for Russia and accused of trying to create a back channel for Russia through activist groups, including the National Rifle Association.

She is currently being held in solitary confinement at a Northern Virginia jail, her attorneys have said. So far, she has maintained her innocence, saying she was never a foreign agent and simply a foreign student studying in America.

If Butina were to change her plea in the case from not guilty to guilty, she would likely return to Russia.

Prosecutors previously told a court she was in touch with Russian backers and agents as she ingratiated herself with politically powerful Americans.

Secret Court Papers Hint Maria Butina May Testify in Another Trial.
Confessed Russian spy Maria Butina may be gearing up to testify in another trial, according to sealed court papers briefly made public on Friday. Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC filed a motion to file under seal, prosecutors asked to file an authorization for transportation in secrecy so that Butina could testify in an unspecified “pending criminal investigation." The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu first discovered and published a portion of the document on Twitter. Butina’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast.

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