Butina came to the U.S. as more than a mere student
From the U.S. court pleadings the U.S. government argues that Butina acted as more than a mere student, taking “direction” from a Russian official. From her own words on social media in Russia, it is clear Butina’s loyalties lie with her government and its policy positions.
Maria Butina worked as a “special assistant” to Alexander Torshin, a former Russian legislator and central bank official. For two years, she not only attended classes but engaged in a systematic effort to promote Russia among Americans involved in politics.
Source: Despite Russian Claim, Maria Butina Was More than a Mere Student