Accused Russian agent Butina poised to plead guilty - U.S. court papers


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  • Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

FILE PHOTO: Maria Butina appears in a police booking photograph released by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. August 18, 2018. Alexandria Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence U.S. policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors, according to court filings on Monday.

Exactly how the deal will be structured for Butina was not immediately clear. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington scheduled a hearing for Wednesday.

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