DoJ Says in Negotiations on Resolving Russian National Maria Butina’s Case

© AP PhotoIn this photo taken on Sunday, April 21, 2013, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia
In this photo taken on Sunday, April 21, 2013, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Justice said in a court filing on Friday that it is engaging in talks about possibly resolving the case of accused Russian national Maria Butina and asks that the court postpone a status conference for two weeks to determine whether the parties can make a deal.

"In support of this motion, the parties state they continue to engage, as they did prior to yesterday’s defense filing, in negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter and that those negotiations would be potentially hindered by simultaneously engaging in motions practice," the filing said.

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The Justice Department added in the filing that "the parties also jointly request the present motions schedule be set back by two weeks."

In September, the administration of a US jail where Butina was detained agreed to transfer the prisoner to the minimum security regime.

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Butina, a recent student and a political activist, was arrested in Washington, DC on suspicions of acting as an agent for a foreign government. She has denied the accusations. She currently faces up to 15 years in jail.

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