U.S. asks court to detain alleged Russian agent pending trial

Public figure Maria Butina (R) attends a meeting of a group of experts, affiliated to the government of Russia, in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on July 17, 2018. Press Service of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Wednesday to detain alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pending her trial, saying she poses a serious flight risk and will likely appeal to people in the Russian government to assist her in fleeing.

The Justice Department said Butina has been in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, kept contact information for several Russian agents and had a handwritten note in her apartment asking how to respond to an offer of employment with a Russian intelligence agency.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; writing by David Alexander; editing by Tim Ahmann)

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