Putin has been accused of overseeing everything from aiding Trump’s election campaign to the nerve agent attack in the U.S.
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As alleged Russian plots, conspiracies and crimes unfold against the West, prosecutors and pundits routinely blame Vladimir Putin or a circle of Kremlin insiders said to be acting on direct orders from the president.It's unclear whether Putin was even aware of Butina's activities. But the initiative – like Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya's efforts to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign team, or online trolling credited to "Putin's chef" Yevgeny Prigozhin – dovetailed with the Kremlin's dual goals of destabilizing Western democracy and ending sanctions against Russia.Only Putin can say for sure what strings he pulls. Torshin has been a senior figure mediating between various different interests that come together there for over 10 years.Gun rights legislation that he championed failed miserably in Russia. AT TRUMP TOWERAnother Russian alleged to have tried to influence the U.S. election campaign was lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign aides in Trump Tower in June 2016, reportedly to offer Moscow's help in defeating Hillary Clinton.While Veselnitskaya has denied acting on behalf of Russian officialdom, scores of emails and documents shared with the Associated Press show she served as a ghostwriter for top Russian government lawyers and received assistance from senior Interior Ministry personnel in a case involving a key client.
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