Maria Butina, Who Pleaded Guilty to Conspiring to Influence U.S. Politics, Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

from The Wall Street Journal,

Butina sentence was in line with prosecutors’ request.

A Russian woman who pleaded guilty to conspiring to create back-channel lines of communication to influence Republican political positions was sentenced to 18 months in prison, after a judge sided with prosecutors who argued her actions posed serious national-security risks for the U.S. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered Maria Butina to serve the sentence, saying that her actions didn’t reflect merely registration violations, as Ms. Butina’s attorneys had argued, and that they came against the backdrop of Russia’s wide-ranging efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “The conduct was sophisticated and penetrated deep into political organizations,” Judge Chutkan said.

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