Summary Section H. Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin
Updated: Jan 18
Two key individuals in the Senate Committee’s investigation were Maria Butina, a Russian national living in the United States, and Alexander Torshin, a Russian government official. Butina & Torshin, from 2013 through the 2016 presidential campaign, “took steps to establish informal communications channels to influence American government policy towards Russia”, such as meeting with and getting to know American political officials. After interviewing Butina in April of 2018, the committee found that Butina and Torshin were part of a scheme to collect intelligence & influence political groups to the benefit of the Russian government. These groups included, “… the NRA, the Republican Party, and conservative US Political organizations”. These influence campaigns included hosting NRA leadership officials in Moscow and Butina & Torshin meeting several key US conservative political individuals, “… such as a Republican candidate for president, a Republican congressman, and Donald Trump Jr.”.