Kseniya Kirillova: Veteran KGB Agent Provides Insight on Butina

Kseniya Kirillova: Veteran KGB Agent Provides Insight on Butina

Maria Butina’s ties with Russian intelligence make her a “grave” flight risk, US officials say, and she should not be bailed before trial.

By Kseniya Kirillova

This piece was originally published in Kyiv Post.

For the past several weeks, Maria Butina, a Russian national who was arrested in the U.S. on July 15, has not left the front pages of the American media.

On July 18, a grand jury formally indicted Maria Butina on two charges: conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent.

Veterans of the Soviet and American intelligence services have tried to sort out whether the activist is a real spy or just one of the sources for the Russian special services.
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Dismantling Republican Faux-Patriotism

By Avi Bueno

One of the more common tropes in modern American politics is the claim that the Republican Party has a monopoly on patriotism.

A flag flying in front of a home or a “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker is often assumed to signify the right-wing political affiliation of its owner. However, it’s clear upon deeper reflection that this has been a troubling display of misappropriation, which has watered down patriotism to nothing more than idolatry and cultish allegiance to symbols and slogans, rather than the principles they embody. This is all the more troubling as the Republican Party has rapidly become the party of Trumpism.
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It’s Time to Rescue Old Glory from Trumpism and the un-American GOP

By Nick Knudsen

For too long, the left has allowed the right to own and define our patriotic symbols. With Trumpism taking hold, it’s time for the real patriots to fly – and fight for – our flag.

We’re at a pivot point in American history. The country could either succumb numbly to the expanding darkness, or emerge emboldened into the light. So, let’s have a moment of candor:

The modern GOP is an abomination. A permanent blight on the American story. The GOP (in its current incarnation) is not acting in the best interests of the American people.
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Support the Menendez-Graham Russia Sanctions Bill (S.3336)

Your Action

Call your Senators and urge them pass the Menendez/Graham Russia sanctions bill. (S.3336)
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Tell Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller’s Investigation

Your Action

Call your 3 members of Congress and tell them to protect the Mueller investigation and the rule of law by passing the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644) (H.R. 5505).
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