How Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, worked her way into top US circles

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Criminal charges open new front in bid to counter Russian disruption and suggest American associates of Butina, 29, may be under threat

The Las Vegas hotel ballroom was crowded, but the Russian redhead caught Donald Trump’s eye. “Yes, ma’am,” he said, inviting a question.

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