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Butina Negotiating with Prosecutors; Russian Who Promotes Western Secession Groups Backing Her Defense Fund

Russian gun rights campaigner and accused Russian agent Maria Butina spent her thirtieth birthday in jail this month. She may be negotiating with prosecutors to avoid spending her 31st Christmas there. According to a joint motion filed Friday in the federal court in Washington, D.C., both sides are asking Judge Tanya Chutkan to delay the next hearing from December 6 to December 18 or 19 to give them time to continue “negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter” that “would be potentially hindered by simultaneously engaging in motions practice.” The defense is willing to this two-week delay from the Speedy Trial Act because the delay “serves the ends of justice, and that those ends outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial.”

Meanwhile, Butina’s supporters continue to promote her bang-up image and a new fundraising website, the Fund of Maria Butina:

Post to Maria Butina's Russian-language account, 2018.11.10.
Post to Maria Butina’s Russian-language account, 2018.11.10.

The party in charge of Butina’s account said on November 6 that “” was established by Butina’s family to raise money for her defense. But check out the fundraising site’s About page and the bank info at the bottom:

Maria Butina Fund, website bank account information, screen cap 2018.11.19.
Maria Butina Fund, website bank account information, screen cap 2018.11.19.

“АНТИГЛОБАЛИСТСКОЕ ДВИЖЕНИЕ”—that’s Russian for “Anti-Globalist Movement.” That’s a Russian outfit run by one Alexander Ionov and funded in part by the Russian government to promote secessionist movements in the West. The group recognizes Syrian President Bashar Assad and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as honorary members. Ionov’s group has supported secessionist groups in Texas and California that have been mentioned in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian influence in the U.S. On the website “,” one Alexander Ionov claims the charges against Butina are “idiotic” and portrays the New York Times and Washington Post as part of a “fundamental flaw in the justice system in the United States.”

Whether Butina was associated with Ionov and his secession foment prior to her arrest remains to be determined. But at the very least, Ionov appears to see supporting Butina as one more opportunity to fray Western powers and strengthen Russia’s position.


  1. Shirley Harrington-Moore 2018-11-19 08:33

    Thanks for the update, Cory.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-11-19 13:06

    Now if someone could connect the NRA with secessionists, we’re really in business!

  3. Roger Cornelius 2018-11-19 13:24

    Who else is on Butina’s prison visiting list. There wouldn’t be anyone from South Dakota would there?

  4. mike from iowa 2018-11-19 13:42

    In late 2011, an enigmatic young Russian national Muria Butina founded a gun rights group called The Right to Bear Arms with assistance from Alexander Torshin. Butina gained national prominence when she competed in the Youth Primaries of the Young Guard of United Russia, designed to cultivate new political talent for the Kremlin. At various times, she has portrayed herself as a Siberian furniture store owner, a representative of the Russian Federation, a graduate student at American University in Washington, D.C., a journalist, and a campaign communications staffer for Donald Trump.

    I was not aware she claimed to be a campaign communications staffer for Drumpf. Learn something new every day.

  5. mike from iowa 2018-11-19 14:00

    Roger, you are sounding more like the Roger we have come to know and love. Thanks for getting well and returning to us.

    …she emailed this person in late March 2015 about a diplomacy project, because a major U.S. political party “traditionally associated with negative and aggressive foreign policy, particularly with regards to Russia,” would likely be in power after the 2016 election.”

    Just how did Butina know in 2015 that the GOP would likely be in power after the 2016 election?

  6. Debbo 2018-11-19 15:33

    Well that scares me Jerry. Sometimes I’d rather not know. On the other hand it’s 8 years later and we’re still the 50 US states.

  7. jerry 2018-11-19 15:56

    Indeed, but that cake has been in the oven. We are 8 years out, but we are only 2 years out from trump. Think of how close we are now to becoming what the KGB has always wanted. Look at the UK and what the KGB has done to it with the Brexit. The same players were involved with that as were involved with trump’s rise. Nigel Farge, Boris Johnson, Steve Bannon, The Mercers all traitors to their respective countries as a whole. These people only want to see the break up to steal from us even further.

  8. jerry 2018-11-19 16:00

    Do not forget that we here in South Dakota were part of a secessionist movement involving Wyoming and Montana. That was gonna be called ‘Absaroka, (pronounced ab-SOR-o-ka) was an area in the United States, comprising parts of the states of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, that contemplated secession and statehood in 1939. The region’s complaints came from ranchers and independent farmers in remote parts of the three states, who resented the New Deal and Democratic control of state governments, especially the government of Wyoming.”

  9. jerry 2018-11-19 16:58

    In 1862, some historians say that if Vicksburg had not fallen, Minnesota may have sued for a separate agreement with the south to keep the commerce and especially, the grain flowing.

    “Control of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War was an economic and psychological factor for both the North and the South. For many years, the river had served as a vital waterway for mid-western farmers shipping their goods to the eastern states by way of the Gulf of Mexico. The farmers, along with politicians and merchants, did not like the idea of the river being closed because of Confederate artillery looming along the banks where the “Father of Waters” flowed through the Confederacy.” Grant took Vicksburg following the siege of 1862 until it fell in 1863, which could have gone either way, that opened up the clear shipments of commerce throughout the remainder of the Civil War.

  10. Roger Cornelius 2018-11-19 17:18

    Thank you mike from iowa, I really do appreciate your kind words. I’m slowly making a good recovery and get out of rehab on Wed.
    It is unbelievable that any American would totally trust a Russian, with the exception of one that is seeking political asylum.

  11. mike from iowa 2018-11-19 17:59

    Roger- this is all I have found about visitors, so far- Butin noted that despite certain improvement of his daughter’s living conditions, she still remained in the regime of administrative segregation, which provided for 22-hour stay in solitary confinement.

    According to Butin, his daughter was not allowed to have outdoor exercise, watch TV or read newspapers

    No private visitors, either.

  12. JonD 2018-11-19 18:08

    That is a very interesting article, Jerry, thank you for putting it up here. I’m just being facetious of course, but if things continue along the current downhill slide here in the U.S., I could imagine a far worse outcome than to find ourselves under Canadian aegis. Many upsides to that idea actually.

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-11-19 19:18

    Hey, Mike, got a source on that Butina-Trump-staffer claim?

  14. grudznick 2018-11-19 19:49

    Mr. C, I put in an accelerated public records request for that list, and you and Bob and I can be glad that we are not on the list. None of us. Long list, though. Bob’s not on it. Nor you or I. Under any of our names.

  15. jerry 2018-11-19 19:54

    As you can see from the recruitment’s, most of our troops come from the south. That should be kind of a worrying thought if one remembers anything about our history.

    “Some groups are much more represented than others in the U.S. military, and we’ll start by looking at where they come from.

    According to data provided by the Department of Defense, people between the ages of 18 and 24 from Florida, Georgia, or Maine, are as around twice as likely to join the armed forces than their counterparts in states like North Dakota or Utah.

    Differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South region of the U.S. despite it having only 36% of the country’s 18-24 year-old civilian population.”

    This article is 4 years old, but currently, the military is still on that same track.

    Now, if the federal government can come to its senses and start paying the GI Bill to those veterans who have served and to hire the 45,000 needed employees to the Veterans Administration (thanks for nothing Mike Rounds, you fake), we might see some movement in making a more equal distribution of our military.

  16. jerry 2018-11-19 22:35

    Two more NRA shootings “Woman who heard the Chicago hospital shooting: “You can’t go to the hospital, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church, you can’t go to the grocery store. You cannot go anywhere…You just never know when you walk into a place if you’re going to come out alive” Denver too, just a matter of time before some gunslinger cuts loose here….tick tock.. Butina smiles the knowing smile of a job done well.

  17. Debbo 2018-11-19 22:58

    The NRA is happy, Pootie is happy, the Pootiepublicans are happy. None of the rest of us.

    And yeah, this is another one that began with a domestic issue. The ER doc broke up with him, so he shot her several times in the parking lot, then went inside and killed more.

    Two things:
    Tightly regulate guns.
    Change male culture of entitlement.

  18. Debbo 2018-11-19 23:15

    Shooting in Denver. 1 dead, 3 injured. What can you tell us Porter?

  19. Eve Fisher 2018-11-20 17:34

    Anyone have a clue where Paul Erickson is?

  20. mike from iowa 2018-11-20 18:23

    Even Mikhail Kalashnikov- inventor of the deadly AK-47 worried if he was responsible for all the death his invention has caused. He’s in a gun free zone now. Where ever he is buried.

  21. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-11-20 19:14

    Eve, Erickson is probably out hunting with his buddies and looking for a new girlfriend.

    But I have no hard intelligence on that.

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