Maria Butina, a Russian national arrested in July for involvement in an alleged conspiracy to influence U.S. politics, pleaded guilty to one conspiracy charge on Thursday. The plea agreement and statement of offense can be read here and below.
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To read a lot of media coverage, and to listen to her lawyer, you would think Mariia Butina, the Russian national accused of conspiring to influence U.S. policy as an agent of the Russian Federation, was charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account tweeted on Thursday:
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