Russian Spy Maria Butina, Who Infiltrated Conservative Politics and NRA, Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail

The Russian operative who infiltrated conservative politics and the NRA, Marina Butina, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday, after having pleaded guilty on a single count of conspiracy in December.

At her sentencing, Butina insisted she was never a spy and only to “improve relations” between Russia and the United States. She was in the United States on a student visa and, at the behest of Kremlin insider Alexander Torshin, worked to “establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics”, she has admitted, along with help from her boyfriend, republican Paul Erickson.

Butina was arrested last July and was credited with 9 months of time served. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered that Butina be deported at the end of her sentence.

[Featured photo by STR / AFP / Getty Images]

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