PressTV-US judge orders accused Russian agent kept in jail

A US federal judge has firmly rejected a bid by accused Russian agent Maria Butina to be released from jail pending trial.

In a press release in mid-July, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Butina had been charged “with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General,” through establishing relationships and infiltrating organizations that had influence in US politics.

The DOJ alleged that Butina, who studied at American University in Washington and is a founder of the pro-gun Russian advocacy group Right to Bear Arms, had acted with “the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation” at the direction of a “high-level” Russian official, who was not named in reports.

District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan called Butina a “very real” flight risk and refused a defense request to allow the 29-year-old bail and house arrest.

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