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Maria Butina: alleged Russian spy appears to reach plea deal

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She is the Russian accused of trying to infiltrate the all-powerful US gun lobby which has close ties to Republican politicians.
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Maria Butina has been locked in solitary confinement while facing charges of trying to influence Washington’s policies towards Russia. She certainly had surprising access to conservative politicians, including – in one memorable interaction captured on video – to then-candidate Donald Trump.
Now US media are reporting that she has cut a deal with prosecutors and could plead guilty to some charges in court tomorrow.
Inigo Gilmore reports from South Dakota. She is the Russian accused of trying to infiltrate the all-powerful US gun lobby which has close ties to Republican politicians.
Maria Butina has been locked in solitary confinement while facing charges of trying to influence Washington’s policies towards Russia.
She certainly had surprising access to conservative politicians, including – in one memorable interaction captured on video – to then-candidate Donald Trump.
Now US media are reporting that she has cut a deal with prosecutors and could plead guilty to some charges in court tomorrow.
Inigo Gilmore reports from South Dakota.
This piece was also produced and directed by Teresa Smith. (Twitter @treesey)
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