PressTV-Accused Russian agent poised to plead guilty

Maria Butina, who is charged and detained in the United States over conspiracy to act as a Russian government agent by developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and influence US policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and US prosecutors, according to court filings on Tuesday.

Documents obtained by US media outlets said Butina would admit she had conspired with an unidentified American to act at the direction of a Russian official “to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics … for the benefit of the Russian Federation.”

The same documents talked about Butina’s efforts to build ties with a “gun rights organization,” and “Political Party 1,”…

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