New Court Filing: Russian Spy Maria Butina is changing her plea

Maria Butina Pistol. Facebook.

CNN reports that Maria Butina, who is accused of trying to influence GOP party leaders and the NRA by creating a back channel for Russia during the 2016 presidential election, has filed a two-page document with the court asking for a plea change. 

Butina pleaded “not guilty” to being a foreign agent for Russia in July. She was ordered to remain in custody when the court determined that she was a flight risk, having been making plans to flee the country when she was arrested. She remains in solitary confinement, according to her lawyers, while she waits for a hearing to be set to hear her change of plea. The filing, signed by her attorney and federal prosecutors, requests a hearing be set on December 11, 12, or 13.

Maria Butina gained entrance to Republican circles as a gun rights proponent who formed a group called “Right to Bear Arms” in Russia. The 30 year-old is believed to have been in contact with high level Russians, Alexander Torshin, a sanctioned Russian oligarch, and a diplomat believed to be a Russian Intelligence Officer,  during her time in the US.

Court filings at the time of her arrest note that her live-in relationship with the 56 year-old Paul Erickson was a “necessary part of her activities”.  Erickson was a GOP political activist and a long time member of the NRA who sought to use his relationship with both the NRA and Butina to create a channel of communication between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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