Russian operative Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months in prison

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan gave Butina credit for nine months of time served. The judge ordered her deported as soon as her time is up.

“You have a future ahead of you. I wish you the best luck,” the judge said.

Butina addressed the court and insisted she wasn’t working as a spy, and only wanted to mend Russia-U.S. relations.

“I came here to better my life to get a degree. I wished to mend relations while building my resume,” she said. “It was for these actions and my own ignorance that I’m here.”