Mariia Butina, then leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, pictured on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 speaking to a crowd during a rally in support of legalising the possession of handguns in Moscow. Photograph: AP

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Mariia Butina worked to infiltrate US organisations and establish “back channel” lines of communication with American politicians, according to the charges. Photograph: Facebook

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