Manafort and alleged Russian spy being held in same jail

Maria Butina, the gun-toting Russian who has been accused of trying to worm her way into the NRA and other political groups as a Kremlin spy, was transferred to the same jail where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being housed during his federal trial, according to a report.

Butina, 29, was indicted last month by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy to act and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government.

She was moved last week from a jail in Washington, D.C., to the same lockup in Alexandria, Va., Manafort is biding his time while he awaits the verdict in his federal trial on tax and bank fraud, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

A jail spokeswoman wouldn’t comment, but a US Marshals Service spokesman said:

“As a matter of policy, we do not disclose information related to individual prisoners to protect their privacy, safety and security.”

Officials at the Russian Embassy in Washington complained last week about the jail conditions where Butina was being held and said they would file a complaint with the State Department.

“It seems as if Washington is trying to force her to cooperate with the investigation by making her living conditions as difficult as possible,” the embassy said.

Her lawyer Robert Driscoll said Butina was not given a reason for why she was transferred and said prosecutors were also in the dark about why she was moved.

“She’s a little shook up, just by the unannounced move,” Driscoll told the newspaper after visiting his client on Saturday.
Butina, who is being held without bond, is in protective custody at the jail.

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