Prosecutors say woman had ties to Russian security agency

July 18, 2018 - 10:24 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old woman accused of being a covert Russian agent was "likely" in contact with operatives of the successor agency to the KGB while she lived in the U.S.

That's according to court papers filed by prosecutors in Washington in the case of Maria Butina.

Prosecutors say Butina had contact information for people who, prosecutors say, were employees of Russia's Federal Security Services. The FBI also observed her dining privately with a Russian diplomat suspected of being an intelligence operative in the weeks before the diplomat's departure from the U.S. last March.

The government is arguing that Butina poses a flight risk and should remain jailed while she awaits trial. She faces charges of acting as an unregistered agent in the U.S. at the direction of a Kremlin official.

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