Prosecutors on Friday left a condemning memo asking 18 months’ imprisonment for Butina, in a case where they have allegedly scandalous acts and had to go back to some of them, but where they still claim that the Russian woman was trying hurt the United States in their work as a foreign agent.
“Current acts in this case are part of Russia’s broader system of acquiring information and establishing relationships and communication channels that can be exploited to the benefits of the Russian Federation,” prosecutors wrote in their pre-sentencing memo Friday.
They say she was not a traditional spy or “educated intelligence officer,” but tried to help Russia at the expense of US national security.
In this highly-formulated filing, her defense lawyers, who had previously requested that the sentence be the time she had already served, repeated that she is not a spy or a Russian dessert and has helped both the Senate’s intelligence service as it investigated her contact and before this Russian central bank Alexander Torshin and prosecutors to a large extent, while asking the judge to discard some of the prosecutor’s discussion about her activities for Russia.
“Mary is not a trained intelligence officer or spy in any sense,” wrote her defense lawyers. “The government knows that. The prosecutors and federal agents behind closed doors have just put it. There is no evidence to support it and they have not charged her with any espionage that takes it up.”
“All Maria has done is accepted responsibility to conspire to act as an” agent “- not a secret agent, not an intelligence agent ̵
1; for Torshin, who was a friend but former foreign official at the Russian central bank” continued her lawyers.  Her sentence is set for Friday.