Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina was involved in high-level meetings with a Russian official and two senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration before the 2016 election, according to multiple sources and a Washington-based think tank.
The meetings, disclosed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report prepared by a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, then Federal Reserve vice chairman, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.
Butina entered the United States in April 2015 with then-Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Alexander Torshin to participate in “separate meetings with Fischer and Sheets to discuss U.S.-Russian economic relations during Democratic former President Barack Obama’s administration.”
Federal prosecutors charged Butina last week for allegedly conspiring against the U.S. and acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the FSB, a Russian intelligence agency.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Butina told the Senate Intelligence Committee in April of this year that she received financial backing from Russian billionaire Konstantin Nikolaev.