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Latvia’s Security Police checks Russian agent Butina’s relation to Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Security Police has commenced an inspection about Russian agent Marija Butina’s possible relation with Latvia.

LETA learned that in 2013 Butina posted on her Instagram account a photo of her posing with firearms. In June 2013, she posted a photo in which she is seen sitting in the passenger seat of an airBaltic plane. The comment added to the photo stated the following: «Flying for the first time from Tallinn to Riga in a propeller plane. A bit scary. Expecting turbulence in its full glory».

Since 2015 she has not made any new posts on Instagram.

SC confirms that until now Butina has not been a person of any interest to Latvian authorities. Nevertheless, SC does pay attention to certain so-called practical firearms enthusiasts associated with Russia. Authorities have commenced an investigation of the aforementioned person’s possible association with Latvia.

SP explain that practical firearms use activities Butina is known for is typically used to train people for use of combat arms in dynamic situations: under stress, over long distances, while moving and from different firing positions. Such skills are also useable in actual combat situations.

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine shows that many of the people with paramilitary skills of such kind are actively involved in fighting on the side of separatists, adds Latvia’s Security Police.

In USA Butina is accused of working as a secret Russian agent. Allegedly she has had many more high-ranking contacts in Washington than previously known. In 2015, she participated in in talks between Russian officials and two high-ranking officials from the US Federal Reserve System and US Department of Treasury.

Butina arrived in USA in August 2015 together with deputy chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Aleksandr Torshin and participated in a meeting discussing economic relations between Russia and USA during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Butina worked in the team led by Torshin, who has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and served as his translator during many meetings in Washington.

US Federal Prosecutor’s Office accuses Butina of organizing a conspiracy together with two US citizens to affect US-Russian relations and infiltrating arms owners’ rights organization [presumably National Rifle Association], which has close ties with US President Donald Trump.

The New York Times reports that Butina had attempted to establish contact between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in 2016 before Trump’s victory in elections. Nevertheless, the names of the two presidents are absent from documents published by federal agencies.

US Department of Justice had previously reported that Butina was working off the orders from Russian high-ranking officials from 2015 to 2017 and that this person is now under US sanctions.


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  1. Walter Burke says:

    Is it a joke or the Latvia’s authorities’ never ending quest for relevance…

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