Butina, 31, was deported to Russia in October after completing more than 15 months of her 18-month sentence in a Florida prison.
Judge Tanya Chutkan concluded that Butina has carried out a “sophisticated operation” that had “penetrated deep into political organizations,” including the National Rifle Association.
“The war the U.S establishment wages with our journalists is dedicated to all the starry-eyed idealists who still believe in freedom of speech. Those who invented it, have buried it,” said Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, about the registration on Sept. 12.
Butina wore a T-shirt in a promotional video for the show that read “foreign agent” that aired Tuesday.
“Well, I’m home now,” Butina says with a smile on the video.
The program will be called “Wonderful Russia Bu Bu Bu,” which is designed to echo and mock a similar slogan by Alexei Navalny, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinA contradiction at the heart of the American system Impeachment nears: What would John McCain have done? Senate confirms Trump’s Russia ambassador MORE.
Navalny often speaks of the “Wonderful Russia of the future” that he says will only exist when Putin is out of office.