Rus­sian agent Butina re­turns to Moscow, wants no part of U.S.

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

MOSCOW — The Rus­sian woman con­victed in the United States of be­ing a Rus­sian agent re­turned to Moscow on Satur­day and de­clared that she has no de­sire to go back to Amer­ica.

Maria Butina was de­ported Fri­day by the United States after serv­ing a prison sen­tence, ar­riv­ing the next day at the Rus­sian cap­i­tal’s Shereme­tyevo air­port. Car­ry­ing a bou­quet of flow­ers, she rested her head on the shoul­der of her fa­ther, Valery, who had come from their Siberian home­town of Bar­naul to meet her.

Butina, a gun rights ac­tivist, sought to in­fil­trate con­ser­va­tive U.S. po­lit­i­cal groups and pro­mote Rus­sia’s agenda around the time that Don­ald Trump rose to power. She had been in cus­tody since her ar­rest in July 2018.

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