Russian citizen and alleged spy
Maria Valeryevna Butina is a Russian convicted US felon under 18 U.S.C. §951 on charges of conspiracy to act as an illegal foreign agent of the Russian state while in the United States which she entered into as part of a plea deal in 2018. She is the founder of "Right to Bear Arms", a Russian group. In April 2018, Butina told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Konstantin Nikolaev, a Russian billionaire, provided funding for the group. Beginning in 2011, she worked for Aleksandr Torshin, a former member of the Federation Council, a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, and a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia.
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