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