Suspected Russian agent was reportedly moving to South Dakota

Photo: Maria Butina / Facebook
Photo: Maria Butina / Facebook(WHSV)
Published: Jul. 18, 2018 at 7:52 PM CDT
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There were new developments Wednesday in the arrest of suspected Russian agent Maria Butina and her ties to the state of South Dakota.

Butina appeared in a Washington courtroom Wednesday afternoon where a judge denied her bond. She is charged with failing to register as a foreign agent and conspiring against the U.S. government.

According to court documents, she was preparing to move to South Dakota to live with her boyfriend at the time of her arrest.

Meanwhile, multiple reports are shedding light on her suspected relationship with South Dakota-based conservative political activist Paul Erickson.

Court filings said Butina had a romantic relationship with an unnamed 56-year-old American identified as "U.S. Person 1."

According to multiple news outlets, Erickson matches the description and has been seen with Butina on multiple occasions.

Erickson has yet to comment.