Contents tagged with Maria Butina

  • Kremlin denies reports of possible exchange of Paul Whelan for Russian agent Maria Butina

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied media publications that claim that Moscow may exchange US citizen Paul Whelan, arrested on December 28th on suspicions of espionage for Russian agent Maria Butina.

    Federal Security Service officials have detained Whelan, a former US marine, on December 28th of last year. Multiple appeared in the press where writers assumed that Moscow could use the arrest of Whelan and exchange him for Maria Butina, who is currently under arrest in the United …

  • Media: Russian agent Butina was ready to testify in Paul Erickson’s case

    Maria Butina, a Russian woman detained in the US, was ready to cooperate with the investigation and give testimony about her partner Paul Erikson, even before she was taken into custody, BBC reported wth reference to a statement made by her lawyer Robert Driscoll in court.

    The court refused to release Butina on bail, she remains in custody.

    Butina’s roommate appears in court documents as “American #1,” but the media discovered that this refers to well-known political technologist Paul …

  • Kremlin calls Russian agent Butina detained in the US 'a political prisoner'

    Maria Butina, who is detained in the US on suspicion of working as a foreign agent, is a political prisoner, stated at a press briefing the deputy director of the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Artyom Kozhin.

    Kozhin said that he believes that Butina’s arrest is due solely to the motives of American domestic and foreign policy. He stated that Moscow demands US authorities to immediately stop arbitrariness and release Butina.

    According to Kozhin, …

  • Russian billionaire confirms he supported Kremlin's agent Butina

    The representative of the Russian businessman, Konstantin Nikolayev, confirmed that before the beginning of 2015, Nikolayev provided financial support to Russian citizen Maria Butina  who is accused of working as a foreign agent without registration in the US, the newspaper Kommersant reports. However, the spokesman emphasized that the financial aid was terminated after she left Russia.

    “Between 2012 and 2014, he provided targeted funding to Mrs. Butina's social organization (the Right to Bear …