Maria Butina appears in a police booking photograph released
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A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate a powerful gun lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy in federal court Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that could give them insight into Russian meddling in American politics.Prosecutors accused Butina, who was jailed awaiting trial, of working with a Russian official and two U.S. citizens to try to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, a group closely aligned with Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and sway Washington's policy toward Moscow.Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Butina Tuesday in Moscow, a day after U.S. court filings indicated she would plead guilty in Washington.
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