Maria Butina pleads guilty to U.S. charge of foreign-agent conspiracy

12/13/18

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A Russian woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to act as a foreign agent in a case that the U.S. government said highlighted Moscow’s efforts to influence Washington’s foreign policy.

Maria Butina, who had earlier denied the charge, entered the new plea in a U.S. federal court in Washington on 13 December, and also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Butina “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” according to the plea agreement read out loud by prosecutors in court.

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