mariia butina

Fellow South Dakota residents speak out on alleged spy's boyfriend

A man who had a close relationship with suspected Russian spy Maria Butina is a charming political operative who left a trail of aggrieved former business partners complaining that he owed them money, according to court records and interviews in his home state of South Dakota.

Alleged Russian spy not a flight risk, says attorney

Mariia Butina, the 29-year-old Russian gun enthusiast and alleged spy who wanted to set up back channels between her government and the Republican Party and Trump campaign, spoke little at her first court appearance Monday.