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Maria Butina’s apparent handler-mentor is Torshin. Torshin has been reportedly connected to the Taganskaya 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. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/russian-politician-who-reportedly-sent-millions-to-the-national-rifle-association-nra-has-long-history-in-spain/ On his reported FSB connection and more see: El Pais, 3 Apr 2017: https://archive.is/wCYXM Butina, herself, was “engaged in a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United States as an undeclared agent of the Russian Federation…” and “maintained contact information for individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB…” Case 1:18-cr-00218-TSC, Doc 8, 07/18/18, p. 3 of 12: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4609962/7-18-18-US-Motion-for-Pretrial-Detention-Butina.pdf

According to Robert Friedman’s Red Mafiya (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?

Bloomberg reported in 2016 that Torshin had met Donald Trump, Sr., and in May, 2016, he “shared a dinner table” with Trump Jr at the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky. See: “Mobster or Central Banker: Spanish Cops Allege This Russian Both“, by Esteban Duarte, Henry Meyer, Evgenia Pismennaya http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-09/mobster-or-central-banker-spanish-cops-allege-this-russian-both

Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton seems implicated as he appeared in a related “Right to Bear Arms” video for Russia: http://youtu.be/TUYbR33yvc0. Bolton served in the Office of the Counsel to President Reagan, as well as in the Trump adminstration. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, former Reagan speechwriter (1981-87) is also connected to Torshin. https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/sreference/white-house-staff

[T]wo notorious crime syndicates Tambovskaya and Taganskaya were involved“, in the money-laundering ring dismantled in operation Usura in Spain. See: “Russian Money Laundering Ring Dismantled” Published: Thursday, 30 June 2016 17:51 https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/5427-spain-russian-money-laundering-ring-dismantled

And on Operation Usura:
RUSSIAN MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL NETWORK DISMANTLED” 28 June 2016 https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/russian-money-laundering-criminal-network-dismantled

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.

The Spanish connection with Trump’s Russia scandal: Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia and investigated in Spain for money laundering, has infiltrated the US president’s circle“, by JOSÉ MARÍA IRUJO and JOHN CARLIN Madrid – 3 ABR 2017 – 10:00 CEST, El Pais .com: https://archive.is/wCYXM

Trump’s son should be concerned’: FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.“, by Michael Isikoff Chief Investigative Correspondent Yahoo News May 25, 2018 https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-son-concerned-wiretaps-show-trump-jr-met-putin-ally-231215529.html

According to Business Insider, Torshin went to the NRA Convention every year from 2012 to 2016, sometimes with Butina. They state that he was chosen to be an election monitor for the 2012 election! And, he received an NRA delegation in 2015. “The FBI has obtained wiretaps of a Putin ally tied to the NRA who met with Trump Jr. during the campaign“, by Sonam Sheth May 26, 2018, 11:36 AM https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-obtains-alexander-torshin-wiretaps-from-spanish-police-2018-5

Excerpted from Torshin Wikipedia article (Blog post continues after Wikipedia notes): “In 2016, a Spanish investigation connected Torshin with Alexander Romanov, the leader of the Tambovskaya Gang, who had been arrested in Spain and sentenced to four years in prison in May 2016 for illegal transactions. Torshin was allegedly involved in money laundering for the gang.[7] According to Spanish police, he gave instructions to members of the Gang on laundering, through banks and real estate in Spain. They concluded that in the structure of the organized criminal group, Torshin “stood higher” than Romanov. As a result of wiretapping, which took place several months before the arrest of Romanov, Spanish intelligence agencies concluded that Romanov was following financial orders from Torshin, and that Torshin himself could be the manager of the assets of the gang.[7] Romanov‘s properties in Spain, 80% of which Spanish police believe belong to Torshin, have been confiscated.[8] Spanish police had planned to arrest Torshin in 2013 when he arrived in Mallorca for a friend’s birthday party, but he did not arrive. Spanish police speculated he might have been tipped off by Russian authorities.[4] In 2018, wiretappings from the Spanish police were handed over to the FBI. When asked if this had any relationship with politics in the US, José Grinda, a Spanish prosecutor, replied “Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.”[9][10]….
4 “Russian Accused of Infiltrating NRA on Mission From Kremlin”, Bloomberg, Retrieved 20 July 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-16/russian-gun-rights-advocate-arrested-by-u-s-for-conspiracy
7 “Биография Торшина Александра Порфирьевича, Банк России”. Банки.ру. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
8 ^Esteban Duarte , Henry Meyer, Evgenia Pismennaya, “Mobster or Central Banker? Spanish Cops Allege This Russian Both”. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-09/mobster-or-central-banker-spanish-cops-allege-this-russian-both
9 ^ “Spain reaccuses Central Bank Deputy Chairman Torshin of money laundering and criminal connections”. Retrieved 20 May 2018. http://web.archive.org/web/20180914121605/https://en.crimerussia.com/organizedcrime/spain-reaccuses-central-bank-deputy-chairman-torshin-of-money-laundering-and-criminal-connections-/
10 ^ Colin Kalmbacher (2018-07-18). “Reminder: Prosecutor Said ‘Trump’s Son Should be Concerned’ About Wiretaps of Butina’s Alleged Handler”. Law and Crime. Retrieved 2018-07-20. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has received wiretaps obtained by Spanish police which implicate Donald Trump Jr. in a plot to meet with Alexander Torshin, a high-ranking official of Russia’s Central Bank, according to a federal prosecutor in Spain. And, the prosecutor notes, those wiretaps don’t bode well for the president’s son.”http://web.archive.org/web/20180912112154/https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/federal-prosecutor-on-wiretaps-butinas-alleged-handler-trumps-son-should-be-concerned/
11 ^ Sheth, Sonam. “The FBI has obtained wiretaps of a Putin ally tied to the NRA who met with Trump Jr. during the campaign”. Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-obtains-alexander-torshin-wiretaps-from-spanish-police-2018-5
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Torshin

This says Taganskaya: http://web.archive.org/web/20180914121605/https://en.crimerussia.com/organizedcrime/spain-reaccuses-central-bank-deputy-chairman-torshin-of-money-laundering-and-criminal-connections-/
But, it may be both Tambovskaya and Taganskaya.

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/russian-politician-who-reportedly-sent-millions-to-the-national-rifle-association-nra-has-long-history-in-spain/



Case 1:18-cr-00218-TSC, Doc 8, 07/18/18, https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4609962/7-18-18-US-Motion-for-Pretrial-Detention-Butina.pdf

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….

Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in Washington D.C., was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C.,…

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.

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

See original filings and more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/russian-member-of-the-nra-arrested-as-foreign-agent-conspired-with-russian-official-believed-connected-to-russian-mobsters-who-have-been-connected-to-trump/

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/TUYbR33yvc0

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

In sum, the defendant engaged in a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United States as an undeclared agent of the Russian Federation in order to advance the interests of her home country. The plan was calculated, patient, and directed by the Russian Official. The defendant’s covert influence campaign involved substantial planning, international coordination, and preparation. The plan for Butina also required, and she demonstrated, a willingness to use deceit in a visa application to move to the United States and bring the plan to fruition.

Additional Information Supporting Detention
1. Butina Appears to Have Ties to the Russian Intelligence Services
The FBI has uncovered evidence during the course of executing several search warrants that, during the course of her deployment to the United States, Butina was in contact with officials believed to be Russian intelligence operatives. First, the defendant maintained contact information for individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB, the Federal’naya sluzhba bezopasnosti…
” Case 1:18-cr-00218-TSC Document 8, Filed 07/18/18, Page 3 of 12 https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4609962/7-18-18-US-Motion-for-Pretrial-Detention-Butina.pdf

(Screenshots of the entire case, with emphasis, are found here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/russian-member-of-the-nra-arrested-as-foreign-agent-conspired-with-russian-official-believed-connected-to-russian-mobsters-who-have-been-connected-to-trump/ )