The 29-year-old also entered into a sham relationship with an American political operative to help her activities, according to a new court filing

The Russian woman charged with spying in the US was in contact with suspected Russian intelligence officers and a billionaire oligarch linked to the Kremlin, US authorities said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Maria Butina had contact details for “individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB”, and that investigators found a handwritten note among her belongings that asked: “How to respond to FSB offer of employment?”

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