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Document: W. Samuel Patten Charged With Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Power

Longtime Washington political operative W. Samuel Patten was charged on Friday for failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal under 22 U.S.C. §§612 and 618(a)(1). The Justice Department alleges that between 2014 and 2018, Patten acted on behalf of the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, a Russia-allied political group. The case was reportedly referred to the Justice Department National Security Division by the special counsel's office.

Foreign Agents Registration Act

Document: Justice Department Charges Russian National for Conspiracy to Act as a Foreign Agent

On Monday, the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint and supporting affidavit against Mariia Butina, a Russian national, for conspiring to act as a foreign agent in violation of 18 U.S.C. §371. The full documents are below. 

Criminal Complaint

Intelligence Studies Essay

Congress and Counterintelligence: The Unique Vulnerabilities of the U.S. Congress to Malign Foreign Influence

The United States needs more than the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) to ensure that our legislators and their staffers are transparent about their contacts with foreign actors who may be seeking to exert influence.

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