The Surprising Connection Between Russian Spies and the National Prayer Breakfast

There’s a pretty crazy wrinkle to the already plenty crazy narrative around Maria Butina, the young Russian gun rights activist who’s been accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of “acting as an agent for a foreign government.” Butina’s espionage activity has plenty of juicy details, but one of the craziest is her alleged work at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2016 and 2017, where she successfully set up meetings between influential Russian figures and American officials.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a longstanding Washington D.C. tradition dating back to the Eisenhower administration. On its face, it’s a pretty benign event drawing a few thousand attendees but there is another side to the Prayer Breakfast that involves influential Christian leaders hobnobbing with foreign dignitaries and powerful lobbyists. That’s where Butina’s alleged work comes in. In October 2016, following her first Prayer Breakfast, she allegedly DM’d a Russian official, saying: “We made our bet. I am following our game. I will be connecting the people from the prayer breakfast to this group.”

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Source: Relevant Magazine

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