In April of this year, the US Treasury Department put Torshin on a list of sanctioned Russian officials and oligarchs.
Then there’s Maria (sometimes spelled “Mariia”) Butina, who’s said she’s originally from Siberia.
But Butina didn’t inform the US government she was acting as a foreign agent on American soil, which would be illegal.
Much of Butina’s alleged conduct seems to have involved socializing and attending US political events, which may not seem all that dastardly.
She asked Donald Trump a question about Russian sanctions at a public event, met Donald Trump Jr. For years, he served in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, and since 2015, he’s been a deputy governor at the Russian central bank.