Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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More details emerge about suspected Russian agent

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/18/18, 04:57 pm

A federal magistrate judge has ruled that a 29-year-old Russian gun-rights activist accused of being a covert agent must remain in jail ahead of her trial. Maria Butina should be detained as “an extreme flight risk,” prosecutors argued Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They said in court papers that she was in contact with Kremlin operatives and used sex and deception to connect with U.S. political organizations and gather intelligence.

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President Donald Trump is unbowed by bipartisan criticism of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a Tuesday morning tweet, the president called Monday’s summit in Helsinki “even better” than his meeting with NATO allies last week in Brussels. Trump is facing severe bipartisan criticism for his refusal to challenge Putin over Russia’s election hac

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Associated Press/Photo by Jon Elswick

Federal authorities Sunday arrested a Russian gun rights advocate accused of conspiring to infiltrate American political organizations at the direction of a senior Kremlin official, according to court papers unsealed Monday. Prosecutors charge Maria Butina with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government and she appeared Monday in the U.S.

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