Butina assumed that would be the world’s worst scout
Moscow. 11 Feb. INTERFAX.RU — Russian Maria Butina, pleaded guilty of involvement in a conspiracy against the United States, called the absurd assumption that in the U.S., it allegedly engaged in espionage, says the magazine The New Republic.
“If I were a Russian intelligence officer, you never would have met me in a public place. I mean that I would be the most inconspicuous person on Earth (…) If I was a scout, it would be the worst of all representatives of this profession,” she said in an interview with the author of a published journal article, journalist James Bamford.
“My best defense is the truth”, — said Russian woman.
News“no One forced Mary Butina to do what she wants”
Last year Butina pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy against the United States.
At the hearing she explained that he had acted “under the direction” of the Russian officials. Its task was to establish informal contacts with Americans, having influence on US policy. According to her, she wanted to buy the contacts among Republicans and the National rifle Association of the United States. If the court deems it sufficient that the guilty plea and agree to offer Butynol on cooperation, she faces up to five years in prison.
Before Butina has not pleaded guilty nor in activities as a foreign agent in the US or in secret activities in favor of Russia.
The trial against her continues.
17 may 2017 spectaculorum in the case of Russian interference in presidential elections was appointed Robert Mueller.
Robert Swan Mueller III, a Princeton graduate, a Vietnam veteran. Worked in high positions in the U.S. Department of justice, was a Federal Prosecutor in San Francisco, from 2001 to 2013 he headed the FBI.
By Paul Manafort, an employee, head of the election headquarters of Donald trump (March to August 2016). In October 2017 and February 2018 charged with conspiracy, violating U.S. law on foreign agents, making false statements, concealing information about accounts in foreign banks financial crimes (a total of 37 bases).
All charges related to his work as a political strategist for former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and “Party of regions”. His guilt on any of the charges not admitted, from October 2017, is under house arrest.
Rick gates, a longtime business partner Paul Manafort, an employee of the election headquarters of the President of trump in 2016. Was charged with the same crime that by Paul Manafort, and placed under house arrest.
23 February 2018 pleaded guilty to perjury and conspiracy against the United States, agreed to the plea deal. In exchange, the investigation cleared him of several other charges (Bank fraud, tax evasion).
George Papadopoulos, Advisor to the election campaign of Donald trump on foreign policy issues. Arrested in July 2017, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about contacts with the Russians and agreed to cooperate.
According to investigators, he tried to organize a meeting with the Russian authorities through an unnamed London Professor and the woman believed a relative of President Vladimir Putin. Also told an Australian diplomat that Russian has “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails”. According to media reports, these data gave rise to the start of the investigation against Donald trump.
Michael Flynn, adviser to the President of the trump national security (January – February 2017). Left the post when the media confronted him with misinformation regarding conversations with the Russian Ambassador in Washington Sergei Kislyak.
As it turned out, in December 2016, before joining Donald trump in the position of adviser of Russian Ambassador asked the Kremlin not to take retaliatory measures against the sanctions imposed last administration of Barack Obama. In December 2017 after being formally charged with perjury, pleaded guilty and made a deal with the investigation.
Alex van der Zwaan, a London lawyer, son of co-owner of “Alfa Group” German Khan. In February 2018, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Commission Mueller about his connection to Rick gates, as well as the deletion of e-mails that were interested in the result.
The prosecution related to his work at the Ministry of justice of Ukraine during the presidency of Yanukovych. In April 2018 sentenced to 30 days in prison and a fine of $20 thousand
Richard Pinedo, owner of the online service Auction Essistance, selling the numbers of the Bank accounts registered with stolen identities. Pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
As it turned out, among his clients were Russians, accused of meddling in American elections.
Constantine kilimnik, former Deputy Director of the Russian branch of the International Republican Institute, a business partner of Paul Manafort.
8 Jun 2018 year Kilimnik was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Spectacular Mueller argues that, together with Manafort he tried to influence witnesses in the “Russian case”.
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13 Russians and 3 Russian companies in February 2018 charged with conspiracy against the United States to interfere in the American elections. In the list of defendants included the businessman and restaurateur Eugene Prigogine (pictured) and 12 employees “of the Agency’s Internet research”, funded by the companies and Concord Management Concord Catering.
According to the team of spectacular Mueller, Agency staff have been working in social networks, creating fake accounts of US citizens, buying political advertising, organizing rallies.
12 alleged employees of the Main Directorate of the Russian General staff (GRU) in July 2018 charged with conspiracy to commit interference in elections. According to investigators, they were behind cyber attacks on the resources of the Democratic party and disseminating the information.
In the indictment appear the names of the alleged hackers, their positions in specific parts of the Russian military intelligence, aliases, and other details of the operation.