Maria Butina Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate

Maria Butina has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and is cooperating with the Government. The plea agreement is here.

The Statement of Facts she agreed to are attached to the end of the plea agreement.

It's unlikely she'll get any more time when sentenced. While there is no guideline applicable to her offense, she'll likely be in the 0 to 6 month range, and she's been in detention for months. She also agreed today to remain in detention until sentencing.

I wonder what reception she'll get if she goes back to Russia, since they will know she disclosed information about Russia to the U.S. Right now the plea agreement does not provide for relief from removal from the U.S. Of course, if the Government decides later she is fulfilling her cooperation obligation, it can request she be granted an S-Visa ("snitch visa"). (Here is the ICE page for Form I-854, officially called the Inter-Agency Alien Witness and Informant Record.)It's like a green card for informants.

More the various players in the case is here.

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    Saw someone speculating (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 13, 2018 at 06:45:10 PM EST
    That if she is cooperating with the idea she will be sent back to Russia she is possibly doing it with the permission of Putin.

    The idea being all she is really doing is causing more turmoil here.  More charges.  More people implicated.  More conflict and more investigations of more politicians.

    If you think that has really been the plan all along it sort of makes sense.

    Have to say it would make no sense at all to me if she thinks there is a possibility she will be sent back to a hostile Putin. What ever they would do to her here seems likely to be a walk in the park compared to what he might do.

    DailyBeast (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 13, 2018 at 07:45:52 PM EST
    Prosecutors will ask for a lighter sentence for Butina, who has been jailed since July, but said she is "very likely" to be deported once she is released.

    Butina might also qualify (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Peter G on Fri Dec 14, 2018 at 08:48:28 AM EST
    for a "U Visa" to protect her against deportation after serving a sentence.

    that's probably more apt (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Dec 14, 2018 at 11:14:03 AM EST
    because I think an "S" visa ends when there is no more need for your cooperation (but I'm not sure on that.)

    Actually, it was proably the S-visa that (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Fri Dec 14, 2018 at 04:15:49 PM EST
    I had (mistakenly) in the back of my mind. Some info about it is here and here. Apparently it can even turn into a special route to LPR status. Looks like an S-visa for witnesses is only good for 3 years, though, and is unavailable if you're convicted of a felony (as Butina now has been).

    If she has actually "cooperated" (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Thu Dec 13, 2018 at 09:37:22 PM EST
    against Russian intelligence here, she would have a political asylum case to make as a defense to deportation.

    She's toning to get credit for time (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 03:31:40 PM EST
    served--my opinion.  She wants to return to Russia--flight risk.  She was reporting to Russian government.

    Is justice travesty, (5.00 / 4) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 03:52:08 PM EST
    Maria no apparatchik just furniture maker from Siberia who NRA is liking.... Vlad.

    "To Moscow. To Moscow. To Moscow." (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 04:07:45 PM EST

    Nyet, Rocky. (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 10:30:22 PM EST
    Natasha Fatale isn't in the clear until we find out what Fearless Leader has done with Boris Badenov.

    What other Kremlin operatives are lurking about in our country?

    My opinion (5.00 / 3) (#16)
    by Yman on Sun Dec 16, 2018 at 09:02:37 AM EST
    Still, I remain outraged that the Federal Prosecutors falsely slut-shamed Maria and depicted her as some sort of Mata Hari spy-prostitute using her feminine sexual wiles to entice and entrap innocent males.

    This false narrative was also leveraged to claim she had no real connection to the community and thus was a flight risk. Of course, the allegation was garbage and the Federal Prosecutors were forced to admit this had no basis in reality. One wonders whether they were wanking to Red Sparrow as they filed this libel with the court.

    The only slander/libel here is your continued smearing of the professional prosecutors in this case as part of a failed attempt to portray Butina as a victim.

    This was not an inadvertent omission or failure to file paperwork.  She's was acting as a foreign agent on behalf of a hostile, foreign government that attacked our democracy.  She's not a victim simply because she's a woman.  

    But perhaps you're right.  Maybe her feelings were genuine and her relationship with a man old enough to be her father wasn't part of her attempts to infiltrate the NRA/Republican party.  Let's see how long it lasts after he's indicted.


    Mariia had a thought on that (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Dec 16, 2018 at 12:00:36 PM EST
    in one of her emails to Alexander Torshin, she complained that by having to sleep with a fat guy 25 years her senior she was "taking one for the team" that Torshin would never have to do.

    All I can think of (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by jondee on Sun Dec 16, 2018 at 02:47:02 PM EST
    for some reason is a scene from one of the Austin Powers movies, where the female spy snuggles up in bed with "Fat Bastard" and then implants a suppository/tracking device inside him.

    Of course, there's every possibility that Maria just happens to be oddly excited by being in proximity to much-older, morbidly obese, hard-right political operatives. She's only human after all.


    thread cleaned (5.00 / 5) (#23)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 03:27:49 PM EST
    of comments about Linea. I tried to give her another chance, but it obviously didn't work out. She won't be posting again. Anyone who baits other commenters to post opinions they know will draw outrage is not welcome.

    Let us never (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 04:50:39 PM EST
    Speak of it again

    You are very patient. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 05:22:49 PM EST