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Russian gun activist Maria Butina tried to use NRA in an attempt to influence Republicans, FBI says

Russian gun activist Maria Butina tried to use NRA in an attempt to influence Republicans, FBI says

A flame-haired Russian national was charged Monday with trying to use the National Rifle Association to influence the Republican Party on behalf of the Kremlin, according to a federal indictment unsealed hours after President Trump refused to fault Vladimir Putin for interfering in the 2016 election.

Maria Butina, 29, founder of the Russian “gun rights group” The Right to Bear Arms, sidled up to NRA bigwigs to butter them up as part of Putin’s plan to “advance Moscow’s long-term strategic objectives in the United States, in part establishing relationships with American political organizations,” according to the indictment filed in a Washington, D.C., Federal Court.

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