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The official described here, in the allegations, has to be Torshin. Torshin is believed connected to the Tagaskaya Russian mafia, who have been accused of money-laundering in New Jersey. Spanish prosecutors think that one of Torshin’s associates may have run financial operations for the late Russian mobster Ivankov. According to Friedman (2009), when the FBI couldn’t find Ivankov they finally found him living in Trump Tower. Lost him again and he was found in Trump’s Taj casino in New Jersey, which had become a favorite destination for Russian mafia, according to Friedman. Coincidence? And is Person One John Bolton? Sure sounds like it, but there are other candidates described further below: http://youtu.be/WyEZT2xd2CE
(Screenshots of the entire case, with emphasis, are found at the bottom of the blog post.)

About Torshin: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/russian-politician-who-reportedly-sent-millions-to-the-national-rifle-association-nra-has-long-history-in-spain-2/

See: “Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America, Robert Friedman 2009

Torshin @torshin _ru tweeted on November 9, 2016 (4:30 pm Eastern US Time) that he only knows of two Russians with life membership in the NRA – himself and Maria Butina.

Maybe the NRA is what’s keeping Goodlatte from impeaching Trump, after all: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/is-congressman-goodlatte-protecting-trump-russia-because-of-investments-campaign-donations-or-is-he-simply-stark-raving-mad/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 16, 2018
Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.

The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in Washington D.C., was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and made her initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was ordered held pending a hearing set for July 18, 2018.

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank.  This Russian official was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control in April 2018.

The court filings detail the Russian official’s and Butina’s efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation. The filings also describe certain actions taken by Butina to further this effort during multiple visits from Russia and, later, when she entered and resided in the United States on a student visa. The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of Russian government, as required by law.

The charges in criminal complaints are merely allegations and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for conspiracy is five years.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  If convicted of any offense, a defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The investigation into this matter was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The case is being prosecuted by the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Attachment(s):
Download Butina Complaint
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1080761/download
Download Butina Affidavit
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1080766/download
Topic(s):
National Security
Component(s):
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
National Security Division (NSD)
USAO – District of Columbia
Press Release Number:
18-933

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/russian-national-charged-conspiracy-act-agent-russian-federation-within-united-states

Mobster or Central Banker? Spanish Cops Allege This Russian Both
By Esteban Duarte, Henry Meyer, and Evgenia Pismennaya
August 8, 2016, 10:00 PM EDT Updated on August 9, 2016, 6:53 AM EDT
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-09/mobster-or-central-banker-spanish-cops-allege-this-russian-both

U.S. Authorities Arrest NRA-Linked Russian Activist
By Tom Schoenberg and Polly Mosendz
July 16, 2018, 3:02 PM EDT Updated on July 16, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT
U.S. accuses Butina of trying to set up Russian back channel
Worked with Russian lawmaker-turned-central banker Torshin

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/russian-gun-rights-advocate-arrested-by-u-s-for-conspiracy

John Bolton’s Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video
March 22, 20185:01 AM ET, by TIM MAK https://www.npr.org/2018/03/22/595897412/john-boltons-curious-appearance-in-a-russian-gun-rights-video

John Bolton in 2013: http://youtu.be/WyEZT2xd2CE

Audit shows NRA spending surged $100 million amidst pro-Trump push in 2016“By Robert Maguire November 15, 2017 https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/11/audit-shows-nra-spending-surged-100-million-amidst-pro-trump-push-in-2016/

Paul Erickson: According to public reports, Mr. Erickson emailed Trump campaign officials during the election claiming that Russia was “seeking a dialogue with the U.S.” and would use the NRA annual convention in 2016 to make “first contact.” Mr. Erickson may be able to provide insight into reported Russian-directed efforts throughout and possibly prior to 2016 to approach U.S. organizations and persons. He may also have insight into the actions of Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia, and Maria Butina, reportedly a former assistant to Mr. Torshin, at the NRA convention.

Maria Butina: Public reports indicate Ms. Butina, previously an assistant to Alexander Torshin, sought to facilitate meetings with Trump campaign officials and between President Putin and candidate Trump during the election. Ms. Butina, who appears to have been active with the NRA in recent years within the U.S. reportedly has founded a Russian counterpart gun advocacy organization. She may be able to clarify for the Committee the origin and purpose of alleged Russian-directed efforts to approach U.S. organizations and persons connected to the Trump campaign throughout and prior to 2016. The Minority believes that it is important to request as a matter of record Ms. Butina’s cooperation even if she is not a U.S. citizen; however, she may be living in the United States.

Johnny Yenason: Mr. Yenason has been identified as a key individual connected to the NRA and the Russian organization “The Right to Bear Arms,” started by Maria Butina. Mr. Yenason reportedly knows Alexander Torshin and Ms. Butina and may be the person who connected these individuals with senior officials from the Trump campaign.https://democrats-intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/final_-_minority_status_of_the_russia_investigation_with_appendices.pdf
https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff

The Russians allegedly used and abused the prayer breakfast!
https://www.c-span.org/video/?404114-101/2016-national-prayer-breakfast-gathering
https://www.c-span.org/video/?423370-1/president-trump-delivers-remarks-national-prayer-breakfast
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/politics/russia-delegation-washington-prayer-breakfast/index.html





















(Emphasis our own)
Butina Complaint
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1080761/download
Butina Affidavit
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1080766/download