A 29-year-old Russian woman has been arrested for conspiring to influence US politics by cultivating ties with political groups including the National Rifle Association. Mariia Butina was arrested in Washington on Sunday and appeared in court in the US capital on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement. Butina was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia "by developing relationships with US persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics," the statement said. It said that Butina had broken US law by not disclosing that she was acting on behalf of the Russian government. The Justice Department said Butina had close ties to a "Russian official" who was not identified in the arrest documents but has been widely reported to be a Russian politician named Alexander Torshin. Torshin is currently a senior official with Russia's central bank and a former top Russian lawmaker. The Justice Department said Butina carried out her activities at the … [Read more...] about US arrests Russian agent for conspiring to influence US politics
A FEMALE Russian "spy" has been charged with infiltrating US political groups on the orders of a senior Kremlin official, it has emerged. Maria Butina, 29, a pro-gun activist affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), was arrested yesterday on a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government. She is accused of "developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups” – while back channelling information to Moscow. Court papers say the Washington-based agent worked on behalf of an unnamed Kremlin official to influence senior US politicians between 2015 and 2017. She is also alleged to have developed relationships with other political organisations. Butina is a student at American University, in Washington DC, and a founder of the pro-gun rights Russian advocacy organisation Right to Bear Arms. Prosecutors say the senior Russian official - who worked for the Russian Central Bank - has since been sanctioned by the US. … [Read more...] about Female Russian ‘spy’ charged with infiltrating US political organisations under senior Kremlin official’s orders
Sputnik: The threat to impose sanctions against Russia for importing Iranian oil comes just days before Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are meeting in Helsinki this forthcoming Monday, what do you think about the timing of this statement? What is the Trump administration trying to achieve here? Carl Fey: I think it’s probably largely coincidental. The US simply just wants to move forward with its agenda of the Iranian sanctions. That's probably the main reason, but I think we’ve seen historically that President Trump does that sometimes to sort of put something that he is going to do that is not popular with the person he’s going to meet to try to extract some concessions and then backs off a little bit when he does meet a political leader. So I think it’s not atypical if before a meeting such as a meeting coming up with Putin to have a move … [Read more...] about ‘There’s Been a Major Reversal in US Political Strategy’
By Ronan JenningsMODERN America is a far cry from perfect, but at least it’s not Far Cry’s Montana. In Far Cry 5, the Treasure State is home to a violent religious cult called Eden’s Gate who, at one point, make children eat their own parents.If you’re not sure whether that sound horrific or hilarious, don’t worry — it’s the latter. Far Cry 5 makes no attempt to be a serious game about cults or modern US politics, instead settling for being an action-packed, campy game about roaming the US parklands.Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a problem — Far Cry has never exactly taken itself seriously — but after Ubisoft’s marketing egged up the extremist antagonists, and with many expecting the game to riff on Donald Trump’s regime, the end result is somewhat disjointed and tame by comparison.Ironically, the Eden’s Gate cult aren’t the real extremist Americans in the game — instead, that’s you. As a … [Read more...] about GameTech: Far Cry from US political landscape
THE right-wing maverisk political consultant Roger Stone warrants at least a couple of mentions in books by senior US Democrats analysing the shock 2016 election defeat of Hilary Clinton by Donald Trump. They’re not what you would describe as complimentary. Clinton herself describes Stone as a “such a bizarre character [that] it was hard to know how seriously to take anything he said”. Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, goes further describing him thus: “That sleazy, leering, white-haired Nixon operative who was a big supporter of Donald Trump." Stone, 65, is a notorious provocateur and the consummate Republican insider - and he is on his way to the UK for a speaking tour, so prepare for some shocking behaviour or comment, this is the man who infamously said, after all, that there would be an 'insurrection' if Trump was ever impeached. Stone was a bit-player in Watergate, was involved with George H. W. Bush’s … [Read more...] about Profile: Be afraid, be very afraid, Roger Stone, the sinister Forrest Gump of US politics, is coming our way ….