Accused Russian agent moved from DC to Virginia jail for undisclosed reasons
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The Russian woman who was charged with acting as an unregistered agent of Moscow and infiltrating organizations that have influence in U.S. politics was reportedly moved from a D.C. jail to a Virginia jail this week. 

The Washington Post, citing statements from Maria Butina's attorney and jail officials, reported on Saturday that she had been move to a jail in Alexandria for undisclosed reasons.

An Alexandria jail spokesperson declined to comment to the Post, while a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service told the paper, “As a matter of policy, we do not disclose information related to individual prisoners to protect their privacy, safety and security."


The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, told the Post that Butina was not given a reason for why she was moving jails and said that the transfer occurred between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday. 

Her transfer came just days after the Russian Embassy in Washington accused the U.S. of mistreating Butina with poor jail conditions. 

“It seems as if Washington is trying to force her to cooperate with the investigation by making her living conditions as difficult as possible,” the embassy tweeted on Thursday. 

Driscoll told the Post that he was unsure if Butina's transfer was related to the complaint. 

The Daily Beast reported that the jail Butina was moved to is the same jail where President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort book set for August publication Accused spy's lawyers say plans to leave country were over Trump, not arrest Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, is being held as he awaits a verdict on his trial. 

The Justice Department alleges that Butina was being directed by a "high-level" Russian official as she forged relationships with the National Rifle Association and conservative politicians from 2015 to 2017. 

She was indicted in July by a grand jury and is being charged with conspiracy to act and failing to register as an agent to a foreign government — a charge she has pleaded not guilty to.