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Breaking Butina? Lavrov Says Plea Squeezed Out of Confessed Russian Agent (Multiple Videos)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Story and videos originate from the VOA (Voice of America) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and contains both English and Russian language content)

POLYGRAPH.INFO December 17, 2018 – Sergei Lavrov: “I have reasons to assume that the goal of the [detention] conditions that were created for her was to break her will and make her admit to something that she most probably did not commit." Source: TASS Russian News Agency, December 14, 2018.

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist, appeared before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, where she pleaded guilty to conspiring “to act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government, specifically the Russian Federation, without prior notification to the Attorney General.”

As part of the plea deal, Butina, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison and the prospect of deportation, waived her right of appeal.

Butina has further agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities in an ongoing investigation.

In July, Butina was arrested and charged with conspiracy and working as an undeclared foreign agent of the Russian government. Prosecutors alleged she sought to cultivate ties with U.S. political groups and individuals – primarily conservatives – on behalf of Alexander Torshin, who resigned as deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank in November. Torshin, a former Russian senator, has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The former member of the Russian Council of Federation, Torshin was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April along with other Russian businessmen and politicians for “advancing Russia’s malign activities.”

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Butina pleaded guilty so that she could be “released as soon as possible and return to [her] homeland.” (Read More)

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The First and Second Amendment Crossovers

Steve Comus

Under the guise of trying to sort out mental misfits during the concealed carry permitting process, a couple of elected jokers in New York are tugging at gun owners’ electronic leashes while trampling over both First and Second Amendment rights.

What these clowns propose is Constitutionally laughable, especially since they are so obviously nothing more than pawns in a much larger threat to freedom, which is to stifle free speech and expression. The controllers want it all. They want to dictate who can do what, when and where it can be done and ultimately what society thinks about controversial subjects. It is about mind control.

In an Op-Ed in “Kings County Politics” by Joel Anabilah, the plan was outlined: “Recently, State Senator Kevin Parker and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a draft of gun legislation that would require concealed carry permit applicants to submit social media passwords as part of the vetting process. It is supposed to help authorities evaluate the mental health of the people applying for CCW permits.”

That’s nice. It sounds like a trade – give up First Amendment rights so you can exercise Second Amendment rights. Not so fast. It’s not a right if it is licensed – that’s a privilege, folks. That aside, let’s look at the bigger picture. (Read More)

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