Russian ‘spy’ gets 18 months in prison in US | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 28, 2019

Russian ‘spy’ gets 18 months in prison in US

Admitted Russian agent Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday after the Siberia native, her voice breaking with emotion, begged a judge for mercy and expressed remorse for conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans. US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed a sentence that matched the prison term prosecutors requested and also agreed to have Butina, 30, deported back to Russia after she completes her incarceration. The sentence included the nine months Butina already has served in jail since her July arrest, meaning she has about nine more months behind bars. In Moscow, Russia’s foreign ministry called Butina’s sentence “politically motivated”.

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