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NRA found to have acted as ‘foreign asset’ for Russia

By: TDF Staff

Maria Butina

The National Rifle Association was a “foreign asset” for Russia during the 2016 election, an 18-month investigation by Senate Finance Committee Democrats finds. The NRA sought, with much enthusiasm, to help Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin insinuate themselves into right-wing circles on behalf of Russia, and NRA officials knew that Butina and Torshin were linked to the Russian government. Butina emailed NRA officials that the 2015 Moscow visit by some NRA leaders was important because “many powerful figures in the Kremlin are counting on Torshin to prove his American connections.”

The report finds that when Butina asked about which U.S. politicians she would be able to meet at NRA events, NRA staff provided her with a list, and “NRA resources appear to have been used to pay for membership and registration fees to third party events for [Torshin and Butina] as well as to arrange for transit to and lodging for many of those events throughout 2015 and 2016.”