Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

Maria Butina, left, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after she was charged with being an unregistered foreign agent. Her onetime mentor, Alexander Torshin, right, is reportedly retiring.

The Russian woman apparently was part of an effort to build clandestine ties between Moscow and important parts of the conservative establishment.

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