Maria Butina: Russian agent deported from US, will host TV show

WION Web Team
London, London, Great Britain (UK) Published: Dec 18, 2019, 12.54 PM(IST)

Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina, who was released from a Florida prison and then deported by US immigration officials, holds flowers upon her arrival at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia October 26, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Butina will be hosting a show called "wonderful Russia bu-bu-bu" where bu roughly translates to blah in English.

After being convicted by the United States for being a Russian agent interfering with its internal affairs. Maria Butina has got a new job. 

She will be hosting a show for Russia's state-owned network RT.

In a promotional video, Butina can be seen wearing a t-shirt with the words 'foreign agent' written on it.

Butina will be hosting a show called "wonderful Russia bu-bu-bu" where bu roughly translates to blah in English.

Interestingly, the title appears to parody a catchphrase used by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who talks of the “wonderful Russia of the future” when president Vladimir Putin is no longer in power.

Butina- a gun-rights activist was convicted of conspiring to act as an agent for a foreign state in the US She was deported to Russia earlier this year.

She was imprisoned for more than 15 months in the US.

However, upon reaching Russia, Butina said that she was forced into confessing that she was a spy.

31-year-old Butina had pleaded guilty in a US Court to conspiring to act as an agent for Russia by infiltrating a gun-rights group and influencing republicans during the 2016 presidential election.

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