PHOTOS: Woman Charged For Acting As Russian Agent Mingled With NRA Execs, GOP Pols

Butina poses with NRA President Wayne LaPierre.
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July 16, 2018 5:23 p.m.

Russian gun activist Mariia Butina was arrested on Sunday and charged with “conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government” over her alleged effort to promote Russia’s interests by establishing relationships with political figures in the U.S.

Though the affidavit made public on Monday does not name the National Rifle Association (NRA), it appears that references to “Gun Rights Organization” in the document refer to the NRA.

Indeed, photos found on Butina’s Facebook page and elsewhere show that she mixed and mingled with NRA leaders and American politicians. Check out the photo opportunities Butina managed below:

Butina poses with NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.
Butina is seen with David Keene, former NRA president and chairman of the American Conservative Union, the group that runs the annual CPAC conference attended by prominent Republicans.
Butina with former NRA President Jim Porter at the NRA convention in 2014.
Butina and Alexander Torshin, a top Russian official, meet GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Butina is seen in this Instagram post with former GOP Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Butina is pictured here with former Pennsylvania GOP U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.
In this CNN footage, Butina asks Trump a question about his philosophy on U.S.-Russia relations at a Las Vegas town hall a month before he started his presidential run.
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