Original title: Russian blonde is accused of infiltrating American political prison for all-weather surveillance
Overseas Network Aug. 2 - Local time Wednesday (1) Russian citizen Maria Butina was arrested in the United States with the latest progress. Butina's lawyer, Robert Driscoll, said she refused to plead guilty to the Justice Department's accusations of "infiltrating American politics".
On July 15, Butina was arrested in Washington on suspicion of illegally acting as a Russian agent and "infiltrating" American politics. After that, she was denied bail and could face up to 15 years in prison. U.S. prosecutors said Butina tried to influence American politics through various ways to communicate with American social organizations and individuals.
According to the Russian satellite news agency, Butina's lawyer said in an interview that the record of Butina's testimony in the United States Senate would play an important role in defending the case. Earlier Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee said it would provide her testimony to the Justice Department and Butina's lawyers. Driscoll believes that this testimony will be of great help to Butina because she testifies as a matter of fact. At present, this testimony will not be disclosed at the initial stage of the case.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Driscoll said Butina's lawyer team was arguing with U.S. prosecutors and stressed that Butina would never confess. In addition, Driscoll also challenged us prosecutors to think of a total of $300 thousand in suspicious transactions between Butina and his companion, Paul Erickson. All problems should be explained reasonably, he said.
The Russian government has also criticized the detention of Butina by the United States, saying the charges against her are groundless and that she will be protected. Last week, a Russian diplomat visited Butina. The Russian Embassy in the United States said Butina complained about food in prison and was under all-weather surveillance.
The second visit was scheduled for Thursday, and the embassy stressed that it would continue to provide consular assistance to the case and assist Butina's lawyer team to help her restore her freedom. (overseas network Wei Xuewei)
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