Butina Agreed to Cooperate with American Investigators
OREANDA-NEWS Russian woman Maria Butina, arrested in the United States, agreed to cooperate with American investigators, offering them information about a citizen of the United States, with whom she allegedly colluded, and about the Russian, on whose instructions she allegedly acted. This was reported on Wednesday by CNN.
Earlier, NBC reported that Butina made a deal with the investigation, in which she intends to plead guilty to violation of U.S. laws on foreign agents. Thus, she may face up to six months in prison with subsequent deportation to Russia. The Federal district of Columbia court hearing, at which Butina is expected to change her testimony and plead guilty to one or more charges, will take place on Thursday.
The deal with the investigation, which went to the Russian, involves cooperation with the American authorities. At the same time, as noted by CNN sources, everything indicates that such cooperation is quite limited. According to the channel, Butina agreed to provide information about a us citizen with whom she allegedly conspired to establish channels of communication with Americans with strong political influence in the country. According to CNN, this person is a political consultant of the Republican party of the United States Paul Erickson.
Butina also allegedly agreed to provide US authorities with information concerning the Russians, at the direction of which it seems to have operated in the United States. According to CNN, we are talking about Alexander Torshin, who in 2001-2015 was a member of the Federation Council. On November 30, it was reported that Torshin was leaving the post of Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia.
The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) of the United States led the constant surveillance of the Boutique since August 2016. According to the prosecution, the Russian "was in contact with officials who are considered operational officers of the Russian intelligence." As evidence, the Deputy Prosecutor for the district of Columbia presented a photo of Butina allegedly in the company of a Russian intelligence officer.