Butina poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow.
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Prosecutors had earlier accused Maria Butina, a gun rights activist in U.S. custody on charges she worked as a covert agent and tried to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin, of offering to exchange sex for a position with a special interest organization.The sexual allegation was only a small part of the evidence presented by prosecutors in arguing to jail Butina. Prosecutors largely argued she posed an "extreme" flight risk and raised the prospect of her being swept out of the country by Russians using their diplomatic immunity to shield her from U.S. law enforcement.Prosecutors have said her activities in the U.S. were being directed by a Russian official, identified by Driscoll in court as Alexander Torshin. Torshin was also among a number of Russian businessmen and officials sanctioned this year by the U.S. Treasury Department for their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and for their part in "advancing Russia's malign activities". Prosecutors have said they also found evidence that Butina has had contact with Russian intelligence.
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