Maria Butina, a Russian citizen, who was indicted of conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent in the US for the Russian government and sentenced to 18 months in prison, was not a Russian spy, wrote Michael Tracey, a British-American journalist. In an article posted Wednesday Tracey argued that Butina “had nothing to do with any clandestine espionage activity, nor did she ever hide her dealings with American political officials.” Basically, the main reason for Butina being jailed is the crime of being Russian.
According to Tracey, there are so many “wrongs” with this case and it is clear to see that Butina is a ‘political prisoner.’ He has also said that it just happened that Butina had been in the wrong place at the wrong time, to be more precise, at the time of the US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections being conducted.
“The whole thing is incredibly disgusting,” wrote Tracey. “Her case will be looked back on as a grave example of how dramatically the media, federal law enforcement officials, and obvious politicians have failed in this era,” he concluded.
Butina’s 18-months’ sentence includes nine months that she had already spent in jail. When she is released in November she will be immediately deported to Russia.
Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website