A twenty-nine-year-old woman who spoke at a number of appearances in South Dakota has been charged by the US Justice Department with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian Government.
Maria Butina spoke at a Sioux Falls school, the University of South Dakota, and a teen age republican gathering.
Republican congressional candidate Dusty Johnson coordinated the 2015 meeting of young republicans where Butina spoke.
Johnson says it shows how far the Russian government is willing to go.
Johnson says he feels deceived.
Butina was indicted by a federal grand jury on several related charges.