Mariia Butina Gets Deported Back To Russia After Serving Prison Sentence

Maria Butina (C), who served nine months in a US jail for acting as a Russian government agent arrives at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on October 26, 2019, a day after her release from prison. - She was arrested in ... Maria Butina (C), who served nine months in a US jail for acting as a Russian government agent arrives at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on October 26, 2019, a day after her release from prison. - She was arrested in July 2018 on allegations of engaging in espionage. In December, Butina entered a plea deal on a charge that she acted as an illegal, unregistered foreign agent, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, half of which was credited as already served. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 26, 2019 11:43 a.m.
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Mariia Butina arrived in Moscow, Russia on Saturday following her deportation and 18-month stint in prison for her failure to register as a foreign agent.

ICE announced on Friday night that its agents had escorted Butina to an airport in Miami.

“Mariia Valeryevna Butina departed from Miami International Airport on a direct flight to Moscow at approximately 6 p.m. EDT,” ICE said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the Russian Foreign Ministry and every diplomat who fought hard for me,” Butina told Russia media upon her arrival in Moscow, per the Daily Beast. “I did not give up because I knew I could not do that.”

“As I said in one of my videos: the Russians never give up,” said the Russian agent, who pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy in December 2018 after initially pleading not guilty.

The FBI arrested Butina in July 2018 in their investigation into her dealings with the National Rifle Association, which she had infiltrated to plant herself in GOP circles. She was handed an 18-month prison sentence, which took into account the months she had already served after her arrest.

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